News: Secretary General participates in meeting of seven NATO countries to prepare for Madrid summit , 14-Jun.-2022
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined leaders of seven NATO countries in The Hague on Tuesday (14 June 2022) to help prepare for the Alliance summit in Madrid. The meeting was co-hosted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Karinš. also taking part.
The secretary-general said the upcoming summit would be “historic and transformative”, including decisions on strong support for Ukraine in the short and long term. He also stressed that the Allies would agree to “a major reinforcement of our posture”, which will require “a more robust and combat-ready forward presence, an even higher state of readiness and more pre-positioned equipment and supplies”. and welcomed that more and more Allies are planning to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defence.
On the strategic concept to be agreed in Madrid, Stoltenberg said the document “will assess our changed security environment and reaffirm our core values and tasks; it will be a model for the future of the Alliance”. The leaders also discussed Finland’s and Sweden’s historic bids for NATO membership. “I welcome the serious steps already taken to address Turkey’s concerns,” the Secretary General said, adding, “our dialogue continues, to find a united path.”