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NATO strengthens in Europe Moscow: 'destabilizing act'

2022-06-29T19:08:35.449Z

The accession process of Sweden and Finland has started after the fall of Turkey's veto VIDEO Biden announces the sending of new US forces also to Italy. Draghi: 'There is no risk of escalation but we must be ready'. Alliance's new strategic compass has been published: Russia is the threat, China the challenge (ANSA)



The

US will strengthen its military presence in Europe

, including additional air defensive capabilities in Germany and Italy.

American President Joe Biden said this when opening the NATO summit in Madrid.

"Today we send a message: NATO is strong and united," Biden said.

As part of the increased military presence in Europe, the United States will send a 65-strong short-range air defense battalion to Italy.

The Pentagon announces it.

The group, specifies the US defense department, is a subordinate unit to the short-range air defense battalion stationed in Germany.

Vladimir Putin wanted the "

Finland model

" for Europe and instead gets the "NATO model", added the US president regarding the entry of Finland and Sweden into the Atlantic Alliance. "Today's leaders will also

make the historic decision to to invite Finland and Sweden

to become NATO members, on the basis of the agreement reached yesterday between Finland, Sweden and Turkey: it is a positive agreement for Finland, Sweden, Turkey and for all of us ".

This was stated by NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg arriving at the summit organized on the outskirts of Madrid.

Moscow

has made it known that 'it will not leave unanswered' the decision to deploy new US forces in Europe, including Italy.

Moscow then accused Norway of blocking transit to the Svalbard Islands and threatened reprisals against Oslo. 



DRAGONS: 8 THOUSAND ITALIAN MILITARIES READY IF NECESSARY


"We have taken over NATO command in Bulgaria and we are also helping Romania. And there have been air patrols of the Baltics for several months. The forces in Bulgaria and Hungary are about 2,000, 8,000 are instead stationed in Italy ready if necessary ".

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said this when speaking of Italy's role in NATO's plan to strengthen the eastern flank.

The new forces that the US will deploy in Italy will be 70 soldiers and an air defense system.

"The defense ministry explained to me that this is a settlement already planned", added Draghi, saying he does not believe that there is "the risk of an escalation" with Russia.

NATO, 'RUSSIA IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND DIRECT THREAT


' The Russian Federation is the most significant and direct threat to Allied security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.

Seeks to establish spheres of influence and direct control through coercion, subversion, aggression and annexation.

It uses conventional, IT and hybrid means against us and our partners. '

It is the main passage of the Strategic Concept 2022 released by NATO at the Madrid summit.

Ukrainian President Zelensky, on video link, asked the countries of the Alliance for 'modern artillery and financial support' against Russia.

ANSA agency

The Russia-China alliance in the sights of the new NATO - World

The 'Strategic Concept' is NATO's guiding document that comes out about every ten years.

Today it is public, and we read: 'Moscow is a threat, Beijing a challenge' (ANSA)


REACTIONS OF RUSSIA AND CHINA


Western arms supplies can threaten security not only in Ukraine but also beyond its borders.

This was stated by the spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry Maria Zakharova, quoted by Tass.


"The further enlargement of NATO", with the entry of Sweden and Finland, is a "destabilizing" move, which "will not bring greater security to the members of the Alliance themselves".

This was stated by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Serghei Ryabkov quoted by the Interfax agency.

China attacks the G7, accusing it of having "once again used the summit communiqué to promote the narrative of 'democracy versus authoritarianism' and to interfere" gravely with its internal affairs, attacking and defaming China and inciting conflicting sentiments. "All of this, noted Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian," shows that the G7 has no intention of conducting dialogue and cooperation on the basis of equality and respect, but instead adheres to the Cold War mentality, the ideological prejudice and engages in policies on the interests of small circles ".



NATO "has continued to enter the Asia-Pacific region: some member states have sent planes and warships into the waters surrounding China to conduct military maneuvers, creating tensions".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao LIjian complained that NATO continues to "support the group confrontation and the international community should maintain a high degree of vigilance", commenting on the words of US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, according to which the strategic document approved at the Madrid Alliance Summit will make explicit reference to the multiple challenges posed by China.

ANSA agency

Turkey asks Sweden-Finland to hand over 33 'terrorists' - World

Source: ansa

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