June 2, 2022

NATO Secretary General visits Washington D.C.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Washington D.C. to discuss the implications of Russia’s war in Ukraine and preparations for the NATO summit in Madrid with senior US officials. He will meet President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Meeting Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (1 June 2022), the Secretary General thanked the United States for its indispensable role in NATO’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine….

The Secretary General also thanked the United States for increasing its military presence across Europe….He stressed that European Allies and Canada are also stepping up with more troops, higher readiness and increased defence spending.

“President Putin wanted less NATO; he is getting more NATO – more troops and more members,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He noted that the decisions by Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership are historic….

The Secretary General and Secretary Blinken also discussed the NATO Summit in Madrid, where Allied leaders will agree NATO’s next Strategic Concept, strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence, and prepare for an age of increased competition with authoritarian powers like Russia and China. The Secretary General noted that leaders will also review progress on burden-sharing. “We must continue to invest in our defence, and to invest in NATO, because North America and Europe, working together in a strong NATO….”