Warsaw summit comes at 'critical time': Nato chief
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says an upcoming summit in Warsaw comes at a 'critical time' as the alliance deals with Russian assertiveness and the threat of terrorism amid other challenges.
Warsaw: Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says an upcoming summit in Warsaw comes at a "critical time" as the alliance deals with Russian assertiveness and the threat of terrorism amid other challenges.
Stoltenberg was speaking Tuesday following talks with Poland's Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, who said that a bigger Nato presence in Eastern Europe would mean a greater sense of security for Poland.
The 8-9 July summit is to decide how many additional Nato troops to deploy in the east and where.
Stoltenberg said the summit comes amid a "more assertive Russia, intimidating its neighbours," violence in North Africa and the Middle east and terrorism, cyberattacks and ballistic missile proliferation.
He said Nato is responding by "implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War."
Russian authorities unleashed sweeping crackdown on Kremlin critics this year resulting in only few Opposition candidates being allowed to run for elections
Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident that France, the UK and the US “will find a way forward and not make this disagreement create lasting problems for the alliance”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was "absolutely healthy" and had taken a coronavirus test, without specifying the result.