Saturday, March 6, 2021

NATO says European flanks defended by non-EU countries, including Turkey - AA

Jens Stoltenberg

European flanks are defended by non-EU countries, the US, Canada, and the UK in the north and Turkey in the south, according to the NATO secretary-general.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP) after an address at the College of Europe in Belgium, Jens Stoltenberg stressed that "Europe's defense depends on close transatlantic bonds and not on a quest for the continent's strategic autonomy."

"I don't believe in Europe alone. I don't believe in North America alone. I believe in North America and Europe together in strategic solidarity in NATO," Stoltenberg said.

"Because I don't believe that any country or any continent alone can manage the security challenges we face today."

Stoltenberg’s remarks came as the European Commission is mulling a more "geopolitical role," with its own foreign and defense industry policy.

"More than 90 percent of the people in the European Union, they live in a NATO country. But only 20 percent of NATO's defense spending comes from NATO EU members," Stoltenberg said.

"But most importantly, this is about politics," Stoltenberg said. "Because any attempt to weaken the link, to divide Europe and North America, will not only weaken NATO, it will divide Europe."....etc

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