NATO waits for a signal of cohesion from US President Biden

 Leaders of member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expect that on June 14, US President Joe Biden will show Washington's commitment to this military bloc after four years of relations. The two sides are far apart under Donald Trump.

NATO waits for a signal of cohesion from US President Biden

US President Joe Biden while speaking at an event on May 3. Photo: Reuters

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the summit a "unique opportunity" to renew the transatlantic relationship.

A European diplomat at NATO told Reuters: "The summit with President Biden will be a sign to the world that NATO is coming back. There have been many ups and downs and difficult times, but we can really talk about things that matter and identify security challenges at this time.”

Reuters news agency (UK) said that the NATO summit held in Brussels (Belgium) this year is expected to have many restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic situation. It is expected that during this summit on June 14, NATO members will discuss Russia, climate change, Afghanistan and new technologies.

"The first thing is President Biden's recommitment to NATO's collective defense," Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official, told Reuters.

Under former President Donald Trump, the two NATO summits he attended in 2017 and 2019 drew international attention but tired allies when he called them "lazy" for not spending. enough for defense.

Upon entering the White House, President Biden rescinded the decision of his predecessor Trump to withdraw troops from Germany. However, there is still US pressure on European allies to ask them to pay more for security. Regarding this, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said on June 11 that European allies, Turkey and Canada will increase their defense budgets by the end of 2021.

In a related development, the NATO summit will agree to reform this military bloc - a program called NATO 2030. Accordingly, Secretary-General Stoltenberg will propose nine areas where NATO can modernize. In addition, Secretary General Stoltenberg said: "I expect the allies to agree on a new cybersecurity policy for NATO."

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