Russia, China, Nordic trio: NATO Summit Highlights| MENAFN.COM

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:55 GMT

Russia, China, Nordic trio: NATO Summit Highlights

(MENAFN) The leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (30 member nations) have agreed to a broad strategic framework for the next decade that focuses on Russia's "direct threat" and considers China a security concern for the first time.

The alliance, which had looked to be faltering in recent years, announced a revitalized and redesigned approach to its defense and deterrent capabilities during the "transformative" summit in Madrid, pushing to reinforce its forces along the bloc's eastern frontier. It also formally asked Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, which share marine and land borders with Russia, respectfully.

NATO members also vowed to continue their assistance for Ukraine in the aftermath of Russia's invasion, to come to the rescue of other countries in the case of an attack, and to establish a common mechanism to preserve a "technical advantage" in an increasingly complicated global context.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused NATO leaders of attempting to "assert their supremacy, their imperial ambitions," while Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated that the alliance was attempting to "extend its tentacles to Asia-Pacific in an attempt to export the Cold War mentality."


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