NATO countries have approved a new strategic concept, in which Russia is called “a significant and direct threat to security.”
“She is [Россия] seeks to create spheres of influence and direct control through coercion, subversion, aggression and annexation, the document says. “Its coercive military stance, rhetoric and proven willingness to use force to achieve its political goals undermine the rules-based international order.”
It is noted that NATO does not seek confrontation and does not pose a threat to Russia, while the organization will “continue to respond to Russian threats and its hostile actions.” “We will significantly strengthen deterrence and defense for all allies, we will increase our resilience against Russian coercion and support our partners in countering malicious interference and aggression. In light of its hostile policies and actions, we cannot consider the Russian Federation as our partner,” the concept says.
At the same time, it is indicated that the Alliance remains ready to maintain open channels of communication with Moscow to manage and reduce risks, prevent escalation and increase transparency, and changes in relations will depend on whether Russia stops its aggressive behavior and whether it respects international law.
The description of Russia in the document has changed for the first time since 2010. The new strategic concept has been approved until 2030.
AT declarations summit, NATO countries demanded that Russia immediately stop the war in Ukraine, and Belarus – “stop its complicity in this war.” Russia is seriously undermining international security and stability, as well as deliberately exacerbating the food and energy crisis that affects billions of people around the world, including through its military actions, the Alliance noted.
The concept also refers to China. “PRC uses a wide range of political, economic and military tools to expand its global influence and power projection, while remaining opaque about its strategy, intentions and military buildup,” the document says.
Also reported on the decision to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO.