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World NATO concerned about the challenges posed by China and Russia

20:20  14 june  2021
20:20  14 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

NATO chief arrives in Washington looking ahead toward Russia and China, away from Afghanistan

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Les chefs d'État et de gouvernement de l'Otan lors du discours du secrétaire général, Jens Stoltenberg, lors d'une session plénière à Bruxelles, en Belgique, le 14 juin 2021. © Reuters - Pool NATO Heads of State and Government during the Speech by the Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, at a plenary session In Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021.

NATO leaders declared themselves on Monday "preoccupied" by the declared ambitions of China and "the growing threat" represented by the military strengthening of Russia, during their annual summit in Brussels.

"The declared ambitions of China and its assertive behavior represent systemic challenges for the international rules and in areas of importance for the security of the Alliance", they affirmed in the conclusions Adopted at the end of the Summit, saying "preoccupied" by Beijing 'coercive policies'.

Some US allies near Russia are wary of Biden-Putin summit

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They also expressed concern at the "strengthening of the military system of Russia and its provocative activities, particularly near the borders of NATO". "As long as Russia does not show that it respects international law and honors its international obligations and responsibilities, there can be no return to normal," they warned.

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The American President Joe Biden, who participated on Monday at his first NATO summit after his election, must meet Wednesday President Vladimir Putin Wednesday. In Geneva, the last stage of a journey in Europe for a G7 summit in the United Kingdom, followed by the NATO summit and a summit with the presidents of EU institutions Tuesday in Brussels.

Biden at NATO for bridge building after Trump mocked alliance as 'obsolete'

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The Allies launched the revision of the Alliance's strategic concept adopted in 2010 to prepare for the new threats in space and cyber-space.

Support Afghanistan

They also committed to supporting Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the last soldiers of the NATO training mission. "Conscious that Hamid Karzai International Airport is important for a diplomatic and international presence to be maintained and for Afghanistan to be linked to the rest of the world, NATO will provide transitional funding to ensure the continuity of the activities of This airport, "they promised.

Turkey has declared itself ready to assume the safety of Kabul airport, which is essential to maintaining a Western presence in Afghanistan. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the terms of this offer during his bilateral interviews with President Biden and with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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European defense

positions in the field of European defense, "NATO recognizes the importance of a European defense stronger and more efficient. The development of coherent, complementary and interoperable defense capabilities, avoiding unnecessary duplication, is essential in our joint efforts to make the Euro-Atlantic zone safer ". But "NATO remains the transatlantic framework for a strong collective defense and the essential forum for consultations and security decisions between Allies".

(with AFP)

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