NATO leaders will demand from US President Joe Biden that after 4 years of denigration by his predecessor Donald Trump, the alliance can again have the support of its most powerful member.
According to the media at a meeting unlike any other due to the limitations of COVID-19, 30 allies will gather at their headquarters to agree on the reforms to be undertaken for a multipolar world after the Cold War where the military establishment of China presents a new challenge.
Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official attending a 2018 summit at which Trump considered leaving the alliance, said Biden could now pave the way for a new era rather than turn it around. the back of the alliance.
Trump at the summit held two years ago attracted a lot of international media attention as he called delinquent allies who had not spent enough on defense. Biden has already overturned a Trump decision to withdraw US troops from Germany. As the US president is expected to deliver the traditional US message that European allies should pay more for their security, NATO is seeking to go beyond Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.
Experts have said that this summit with Biden should be a signal to the world that NATO is no longer as it used to be. Russia, climate change, Afghanistan and new technologies are on the agenda of the one-day summit, which will culminate in a special leaders’ session in the North Atlantic Council chamber.
Stoltenberg will identify nine areas where NATO can be modernized over the medium term, including more joint allied funding for military operations.