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NATO New Strategic Concept: Threats, competitors and partners


NATO considers Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its security. Moscow has been excluded from NATO partners, according to the Strategic Concept, adopted during the summit in Madrid.

The bloc also intends to counter China, expand its partnership in the Asia Pacific Region and on the post-Soviet territory, and reinforce its own defense capabilities. The expansion of the bloc was called a “historic success.”

Here are the key points of the new Strategic Concept.

Russia as a threat

– NATO recognizes Russia the most significant and direct threat to the alliance’s security.

– The organization no longer wants to view Russia as a partner, but it is ready to maintain communications channel open. NATO also claims it does not seek confrontation with Russia and does not pose a threat to it.

– The relations between NATO and Russia may change, but it depends on Moscow, the alliance believes.

Countering China

– NATO believes that deepening of partnership between Russia and China violates the alliance’s values and interests.

– According to the alliance, China seeks to undermine the current world order by controlling global logistics and economy.

– The alliance plans to deepen cooperation with its partners in the Indo-Pacific.

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