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World NATO tightens the ranks and folds in defense after the debacle in Afghanistan

03:15  22 october  2021
03:15  22 october  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Les ministres de la défense de l'OTAN, Bruxelles, le 21 octobre 2021 © virginia Mayo / copyright 2021 The Associated Press. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NATO Defense Ministers, Brussels, October 21, 2021

NATO posted its unit Thursday, despite the disaster disaster, and decided to fold its strengths and strengthen its Means for protecting them against threats from Russia and China with the adoption of new defense plans by the Alliance Ministers.

"The atmosphere was good and we had an excellent discussion," said NATO's boss, Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, in his report of the first day of the Meeting of the Alliance Defense Ministers.

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"This was the first opportunity to discuss the problems encountered with the withdrawal of Afghanistan (completed on August 31) and the challenges that country faces, he explained.

The fiasco of NATO's mission in Afghanistan has confirmed the will of the Allies to refocus on the defense of their territory in Europe and North America.

Defensive repositioning

"A transformation is in progress. We have significantly reduced the deployment of the missions outside the territories of the Alliance and we are strengthening the collective defense," said Wednesday Jens Stoltenberg.

"Ministers have endorsed new military capabilities and new defense plans for the Euro-Atlantic Zone," Norwegian announced.

"The goal is to have good strengths in good places at the right time," he said.

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The meeting started at 1:00 pm (11h GMT) after the arrival of the leader of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin and will continue Friday with debates devoted to the links with the European Union.

A difficult discussion is expected on the will of certain countries, in particular France, to have an autonomous military action capacity when the Alliance can or does not want to commit.

"The efforts of Europeans to reinforce the responsiveness of their strengths and to have additional capabilities are welcome if they provide added value and are available for NATO missions," said Jens Stoltenberg.

The modernization of the arsenals of Russia and China, two countries that are acquiring hypersonic missiles, invest in space and are accused of engaging in computer attacks against Western interests, grow to this defensive repositioning, a- he explained.

"The Allies are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of resilience because of the vulnerability of supply chains," he said.

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"We need to strengthen our technological advantage with the means of the new $ 1 billion security innovation fund and with the strategy for artificial intelligence," he explained.

Afghanistan, voltage topic

"We sometimes have disputes, disagreements, but the allies have shown that they continued to be united," he said.

Several countries have openly criticized the agreement between Washington and the Taliban power as well as the American refusal to delay the start of allied troops to facilitate the exfiltration of Afghan employees.

Jens Stoltenberg had called for overcoming differences to avoid dissensions between the United States and Europeans.

"The mission in Afghanistan has not been a failure," he supported. "But the way in which the withdrawal consultation was organized upstream was not satisfactory," denounce many allies.

The Europeans intend to apply to the US Minister and the NATO Secretary, whose term ends at the end of September 2022.

"No consultation was organized on the implementation of the withdrawal decision, no schedule Has been discussed, the Secretary General and his deputy were on vacation at the same time during the withdrawal, "denounced a European diplomat.

"The American leadership is questioned", warned the representative of a European country.

Lloyd Austin said he was ready to evoke the "teachings" of the Fiasco in Afghanistan, with the Return to the power of the Taliban after the collapse of the armed forces formed by the mission of NATO Resolute Support.

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