Time of Uncertainty: What to Expect from the NATO Summit in London

On December 3, the two-day NATO summit opens in the UK capital. On the agenda there are countering the “threats” from Russia and China, arms control, fight against terrorism and the situation in Ukraine. Analysts say that over the 70 years of the military bloc’s existence, many of its members have accumulated a lot of contradictions that have escalated in recent years.

According to political scientists, it is extremely difficult for the alliance members to agree even on strategic issues, and the positions of a number of countries are sometimes diametrically opposed.

According to Stoltenberg, the meeting’s agenda will also include discussion of the mission in Afghanistan in the context of negotiations between the USA and the Taliban*, increasing the combat readiness of the alliance forces, the fight against terrorism, the situation in Ukraine and the implementation of Minsk agreements. The Secretary General also said that the relations of the bloc with Russia and China and the future of the arms control system will be discussed.

At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron challenged the view of Russia as a threat to NATO ahead of the summit. During a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg on November 28, he said that he did not consider either Moscow or Beijing to be an “enemy” and was aimed at creating a new architecture of trust and security in Europe.

*- banned in Russia.

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