NATO plans to deepen its cooperation with its partners in Asia in response to an increase “security challenge” from China, which refuses to condemn the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine, General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Tuesday.
He announced that the bloc will host foreign ministers from member states as well as Finland, Sweden, Georgia and the EU. However, he also noted that NATO partners in Asia-Pacific such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea have also been invited, stating that the current security crisis has “global implications”.
Ministers will discuss new strategic concepts which will reflect the military conflict in Ukraine, but will also for the first time include the issue of “growing influence and coercive policies on the global stage that pose a systemic challenge to our security and our democracies.”
“We see that China did not want to condemn Russia’s aggression and joined Moscow in questioning the right of nations to choose their own path,” he added. said Stoltenberg, urging democracies to defend their values against “authoritarian powers”.
He expressed the hope that NATO would be able to deepen its cooperation with its Asia-Pacific partners in areas such as “Arms Control, Cyber, Hybrid and Technology.”
Since the start of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine, Beijing has refrained from taking a particular stance on the issue, calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict but refusing to condemn Moscow’s actions or join in economic sanctions. radicalism imposed on Russia by the US, Canada, UK, EU, Japan, Australia and other countries.
In recent weeks, the United States has been putting increasing pressure on China to ‘pick a side’, with Joe Biden warning Beijing of the potential ‘consequences’ and ‘costs’ if China chooses to support Russia in the Ukrainian conflict, either militarily. or helping to circumvent international sanctions.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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