Jens Stoltenberg called NATO “the most successful military alliance in history.”
LONDON, December 4th. NATO is not in a state of “brain death” – the alliance is active, rapidly adapting to changes in the world, increasing military spending and force readiness in Europe. This was stated by the Jens Stoltenberg, to journalists upon arrival at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of 29 NATO countries.
“No, that’s not true. NATO is agile, active, adaptable, NATO is the most successful military alliance in history, because we have always been able to change over and over again when the world around us has changed. We have just had the largest increase in our military capabilities in many years, and we have established a presence of our forces on the eastern edge of NATO. The allies are now increasing defense spending, and we are seeing an increase in the presence of U.S. forces in Europe,” said Stoltenberg.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement about NATO’s “brain death” and the subsequent proposal by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to bring together the Council of the Wise or an expert group to discuss NATO’s restructuring is an attempt to transform the alliance for the third time. The first two attempts to transform NATO could not be completed.
The first of them was made after the Cold War, when after the liquidation of the Warsaw bloc NATO refused to dissolve itself and set the task of responding to crises in the world. At the same time, a rapid and chaotic process of reducing the military expenditures of NATO countries and their arms purchases began. This concept resulted in three wars in which NATO, as an organization, participated – in Yugoslavia (1999), Afghanistan (from 2001 to the present) and Libya (2011).
The transformation was not completed because in 2014, in response to the reunification of Crimea with Russia, NATO decided to return to deterrence of Russia, for which the alliance was originally designed. This was reflected in the strong demand from Washington and Brussels to increase military spending and the purchase of new weapons by all the alliance’s countries. NATO has deployed new forces and military assets near Russia’s borders, from where, according to the NATO Secretary General himself, the alliance now faces no military threat. This second attempt at transformation has led to the current accumulation of problems within NATO and the gradual realization by European leaders that the alliance needs to be rebuilt again.