The president of United States, Joe Biden announced this Wednesday that his country will reinforce the NATO contingent in Europe, by “land, air and sea”at the beginning of the Alliance summit in Madrid.
Biden announced that the presence will be reinforced in Spain -with two new destroyers at the Rota base-, Poland, Romania, the Baltic States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.
United States President Joe Biden underlined his government’s commitment to defending European security and has opted to protect “every centimeter” of NATO at the start of the leaders’ summit in Madrid.
Biden explained at the beginning of a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the Alliance “is now more necessary than ever” and will be ready to face any threats that may arise.
Biden explained at the beginning of a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the Alliance “is now more necessary than ever”
With the incorporation of Sweden and Finland, the block will be “stronger and safer”, according to Biden, who has applauded the unity of the allied countries before a summit in which the 30 member states will agree on a new strategic framework and a reform of collective security.
Biden has promised that the United States will continue to “adjust” its military involvement in Europe based on needs, within which it has included expanding the North American destroyers deployed at the Rota naval base from four to six.
Biden arrived this Wednesday at Ifema, the fairgrounds where the NATO summit is held in Madrid, to participate in the start of the meeting, where he will be seen on the sidelines with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and with his partners South Korean and Japanese.
Apart from participating in the summit sessions, the US president has on his official agenda a trilateral meeting at 2:25 p.m. local time (12:25 p.m. GMT) with the South Korean president, Yoon Suk-Yeol, and with the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida.
The White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan told reporters Tuesday that the trilogue will focus on “continuing threats” from North Korea, referring to recent missile tests and “other provocative activities.”
Beyond Pyongyang, the three allies will talk, according to the national security adviser, about “the chinese challenge” a factor that will be reflected, on the other hand, in the new Strategic Concept that NATO will announce during this summit.
In the afternoon, Biden is expected to meet with Erdogan at 5:45 p.m. local time (3:45 p.m. GMT), after an agreement was reached in Madrid the day before between Turkey, Sweden and Finland, with the mediation of Stoltenberg, which unlocks the accession of the Nordic countries to NATO.
Biden gave his approval to the pact between Turkey, Finland and Sweden before it was announced and after speaking by phone with Erdogan hours before.
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