President Biden should reassure Europe at NATO summit
Brussels welcomes US President Joe Biden to the NATO summit on Monday. He should reassure the continent with a message that Europe is a key ally and NATO is still a vital part of Western security.
US Ambassador to the military alliance Douglas Jones told Euronews that the days when former US President Trump called NATO “obsolete” are over.
“In a world where we often see growing threats and more and more autocratic regimes, it is all the more important to engage and strengthen NATO as a place where democracy can come together and show that democracy can act together, act for their people and protect each other. ,” he said.
Washington Focuses Increasingly on China
There is a whole host of issues to be discussed, including Washington’s growing attention to China’s security. But not all allies agree with their approach.
The French defense minister previously seemed skeptical about whether Europe should really share the same level of concern over China.
And Paris is also campaigning for greater strategic autonomy in European defense.
“We don’t agree on everything, but we agree on a lot of things,” Jones says. “And on China, it’s important to recognize that this was not even on NATO’s agenda several years ago. Have a consensus that NATO now needs to talk about China , we must face the challenges posed by China in the transatlantic security area where China is increasingly present.
Biden to meet Putin on Wednesday
If China is seen by the US administration as the new threat, then the old remains – Russia, which the ambassador describes as a serious problem.
“Russia remains the most immediate threat to NATO and the United States has made it clear that we will not hesitate to respond strongly to Russia’s destabilizing actions even as we seek stability and predictability in the relationship,” did he declare.
Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time on Wednesday, following meetings at NATO where he will highlight the United States’ commitment to the military alliance.