NATO defense ministers will discuss the expansion of funding for military activities on the eastern flank of the alliance during a video conference on February 17-18.
This was stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in Brussels.
“I intend to propose an increase in funding for our core deterrence and defense activities. This will support the deployment of Allied forces in our battle groups on the eastern flank of the alliance, the deployment of air police, naval deployment, and the conduct of exercises, “ he said.
According to him, the overall increase in spending will demonstrate the allies’ commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty “and the promise to protect each other.”
“I will also propose to strengthen training and capacity-building for neighboring partner countries, as prevention is better than intervention,” Stoltenberg said.
“We also need to take a more global approach to solve global problems. China and Russia are at the forefront of authoritarian opposition to the rules-based international order. Therefore, we must expand our political dialogue and practical cooperation with like-minded partners to promote our values and protect our interests, “ the Secretary-General added.