Stoltenberg: pandemic will not affect NATO potential

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Stoltenberg also noted that the “fundamental task” of the alliance is to ensure the security of about 1 billion people

The head of the alliance recalled that security threats do not disappear in the context of the coronavirus pandemic

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assures that the coronavirus pandemic has not weakened the alliance’s ability to carry out its missions and ensure the safety of member countries.

Speaking on Wednesday during a virtual press conference from Brussels, Stoltenberg noted that NATO plays a role in the fight against the virus by delivering the necessary medical equipment by air. According to him, earlier on Wednesday a military cargo plane with protective equipment and other medical supplies for Spain and Italy flew from Turkey.

Stoltenberg also noted that the “fundamental task” of the alliance is to ensure the security of about 1 billion people, so the primary goal is to “ensure that the health crisis does not turn into a security crisis.”

According to the Secretary General, the recent Russian military exercises held in the western part of the country near the borders with NATO members serve as a reminder that the alliance should not lose its focus on protecting Europe.

On Thursday, a meeting of NATO foreign ministers is planned, which will also be held via teleconference.

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