Blinken: cooperation with allies is more important than ever

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Thursday that cooperation between allies is more important today than at any time in recent history, and that relations with NATO and the European Union will be critical to meeting the challenges facing the international community.

Speaking in Brussels with Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, Blinken said: “I came here with a specific purpose: to show the United States’ determined commitment to rekindling alliances and partnerships.”

He later told US diplomats in Brussels that he wanted to mend and “modernize” relations to focus on emerging issues such as the rise of China, COVID-19, climate change, increasing Russian aggression and maintaining a technological edge over rivals.

“It’s especially important now to find ways to work together,” Blinken said.

On Wednesday, Blinken secured the European Union’s support for a joint standoff against Chinese power through a formal dialogue that Beijing hoped to avoid.

“The main tenet of the Biden and Harris administration is timely and frequent consultations with allies,” Blinken said.

Later Thursday, President Joe Biden will speak to EU leaders by videoconference. Before him, Barack Obama last made such an address in 2009.

Meanwhile, disagreements persist among allies, including over Turkey’s decision to buy Russian missiles and over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Blinken reiterated that Washington opposed the project.

“Some of our allies are moving in the wrong direction,” he said Wednesday, apparently referring to the weakening of democracy in Hungary, Poland and Turkey.

China’s decision to give a strong response to Western sanctions for human rights abuses seems to have rallied Europe and the United States. European governments have summoned Chinese ambassadors to clarify measures against EU citizens deemed disproportionate to Brussels’ sanctions.

Speaking of the “devastating” impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Blinken pledged to work with the EU and NATO to distribute vaccines globally and prepare for future pandemics.

“No country can cope alone with such challenges as COVID-19, climate change, cyber security, and the challenges posed by Russia and China. We are interested in doing this collectively, relying on collective security. “

Secretary of State Blinken identified three types of threats: military, non-military, and global crises. He noted that Russia is one of the countries from which there are threats of both military and non-military nature. In this context, he highlighted Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine, the buildup of forces and large-scale exercises, as well as the aggressive behavior of the Russian military in the Baltic and Black Seas, the eastern Mediterranean and the far North.

He also highlighted Russia’s use of chemical weapons against those who criticize it, including on the territory of NATO countries. Secretary Blinken also spoke about disinformation that Russia is trying to use to undermine confidence in the election results, as well as the effectiveness of Western vaccines. “All these aggressive actions threaten not only individual countries, but also our common values,” the US Secretary of State emphasized.

Here is how the official representative of the State Department commented on his speech for the Russian service of “Voice of America” Andrea Kalan:

“No country can cope alone with such challenges as COVID-19, climate change, cyber security, and the challenges posed by Russia and China. We are interested in doing this collectively, relying on collective security. Secretary of State Blinken identified three types of threats: military, non-military, and global crises. He noted that Russia is one of the countries from which there are threats of both military and non-military nature.

Anthony Blinken cited as examples Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine, a buildup of forces and large-scale exercises, as well as the aggressive behavior of the Russian military in the Baltic and Black Seas, the eastern Mediterranean and the far North.

He recalled the use of chemical weapons by Moscow against those who criticize it, including on the territory of NATO countries. Secretary of State Blinken also spoke about disinformation from Russia. Russia is trying to use disinformation to undermine confidence in the election results, as well as undermine confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines. All these aggressive actions threaten not only individual countries, but also our common values. ”

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