NATO boss to lead IMF – media – RT World News

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg could become the new head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 reported on Wednesday, citing “reliable” sources within the state-led military bloc -United.

Moreover, the outgoing secretary general is the United States’ favorite to lead the Washington-based organization, the source added. Currently, the fund is led by Kristalina Georgieva, a veteran Bulgarian economist, whose term is due to end in 2024.

Stoltenberg was due to leave NATO in September, but his term was extended until the end of 2023 amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. With no successor for the post in sight, Stoltenberg could end up having his tenure extended even beyond 2023 – potentially for another year – multiple outlets have suggested.

Several high-ranking politicians would be considered the new chairman of the military bloc. NATO is reportedly aiming to install a woman at its head for the first time, with Slovak President Zuzana Caputova, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic among the candidates.

In early November, the New York Times reported that the “first candidate” Chrystia Freeland, who is currently Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, preferred Washington to replace the outgoing Secretary General of NATO.

The politician, known for her strong pro-Ukrainian – and anti-Russian – stance, is the granddaughter of Mikhail Chomiak, who published a pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic newspaper in the occupied Polish city of Krakow.

“The fact that one of the candidates supports Ukraine in the war against Russia will be a critical factor,” he added. the NYT wrote.

Freeland has been extremely ambiguous about her controversial ancestry, refusing to condemn her maternal grandparents and even describing them as “political exiles with the responsibility of keeping alive the idea of ​​an independent Ukraine” in his 2015 essay “My Ukraine”.


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