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NATO’s new vision: Less deployment and more collective defense

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Less deployment and more collective defence is NATO’s new vision after the Afghan disaster

NATO’s 30 defence ministers met for two days at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters, the first face-to-face meeting in 18 months.

The alliance’s members agreed on Thursday to withdraw forces to protect themselves from China and Russia, which are seen as threatening powers.

“We will not mirror Russia’s destabilising behaviour and we have no intention of deploying new missiles in Europe. We are therefore implementing a balanced package of political and military measures to address these threats.”

Jens Stoltenberg – UN Secretary General

To prepare its defence the Alliance relies on a billion dollar fund, it is to be used to finance innovation and modernisation of its arsenal.

“We will monitor any attempt by international terrorist groups to regroup in Afghanistan. Allies have the ability to strike from over the horizon against terrorist threats. We will hold the Taliban accountable for meeting their commitments on terrorism, safe passage and human rights.”

Jens Stoltenberg – UN Secretary General

“Nous surveillerons toute tentative des groupes terroristes internationaux de se regrouper en Afghanistan. Les alliés ont la capacité de frapper depuis l’autre côté de l’horizon contre les menaces des terroristes. Nous tiendrons les Talibans responsables du respect des engagement pris en matière dde terrorisme, de passage sécurisé et de Droits de ll’Homme.” Jens Stoltenberg – UN Secretary General

Le sort de l’Afghanistan fait l’objet de dissension dans l’alliance, un sujet qui devrait être au coeur des discussions de vendredi avec cette rencontre en présentiel. Les américains faisant l’objet de critiques de la part des Chancelleries européennes, elles reprochent à Washington un départ précipité et désordonné.

L’OTAN et les européens y sont associés.’Afghanistan est la seule opération extérieure qu’ils ont construit avec l’article 5, c’est à dire “nous avons été attaqué sur notre territoire, nous demandons à l’alliance de venir nous épauler dans notre combat”. Les américains vont-ils répondre franchement à cette question, étant les bailleurs de fonds de L’OTAN pour 80%, cela reste un point d’interrogation.

The fate of Afghanistan is a divisive issue in the alliance, and one that should be at the heart of Friday’s face-to-face meeting. The Americans are under fire from European chancelleries, which blame Washington for a hasty and disorderly departure.

NATO and the Europeans are associated with it. Afghanistan is the only external operation they have built with Article 5, i.e. “we have been attacked on our territory, we ask the alliance to come and support us in our fight”. Will the Americans answer this question frankly, being the backers of NATO for 80%, it remains a question mark.

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