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NATO wraps up summit on transatlantic ties, new agenda

CNC
Added On June 15, 2021

 "Leaders from the 30-nation military bloc focused on rebuilding the transatlantic relations, and other major issues. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO, said after the summit that they opened a new chapter for the transatlantic relations."

 
 
"Today, we open a new chapter for our Alliance. We addressed key issues for our security and took far-reaching decisions."
 
 The leaders agreed on the "NATO 2030" agenda, a comprehensive initiative about making sure the alliance remains ready today to face tomorrow's challenges.
According to the agenda, NATO will strengthen political consultation and the resilience of society, reinforce defense and deterrence, sharpen the technological edge, and develop its next Strategic Concept in time for the summit in 2022.
 
The leaders also took decisions on the newest operational domains: cyber and space.
 
In terms of Russia, NATO leaders said that they were open to a political dialogue with Russia but remained "clear-eyed" about the challenges it allegedly poses.
 
The NATO summit has been viewed by some observers as an opportunity for the United States to form a joint front against China.
However, when it comes to China, European allies' opinions and interests are different from Washington's.
 
After the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO's decision to name China as a challenge "shouldn't be overstated" because China, like Russia, is also a partner in some areas.