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NATO re-elected Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General

NATO re-elected Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General

Jens Stoltenberg will be at the helm of the US-led military alliance for one more year / Photo: File.

NATO members announced on Tuesday that Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg’s mandate extended by one year at the head of the military alliance led by the United States, after difficulties in finding a successor for him in coincidence with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement came a week before a crucial NATO summit in Lithuania, which will focus on the thorny question of Ukraine’s accession.

“In a more dangerous world, our alliance is more important than ever”Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General

“I am honored by the decision of the NATO allies to extend my term as Secretary General until October 2024Stoltenberg, 64, tweeted.

“The transatlantic links between Europe and North America have guaranteed our freedom and security for almost 75 years and, in a more dangerous world, our alliance is more important than ever,” added the former Norwegian premier, who is NATO Secretary General. since 2014.

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Jens Stoltenberg was appointed Secretary General of NATO on October 1, 2014 for a four-year term. He served two full ones, and the second had already been extended by a year in 2022 after the invasion of Ukraine.

Stoltenberg is credited with having maintained the difficult balance of guaranteeing unconditional support for Ukraine and at the same time work so that the war does not turn into a possible nuclear conflict between NATO and Russia.

NATO provides non-lethal military and logistical support to Ukraine to counter the Russian invasion. As an organization, it does not give offensive weapons, something that several of its member countries do, with the United States at the forefront.

The extension, which had been expected for several weeks due to the lack of consensus on the name of a possible successor, was approved during a meeting of the ambassadors of the 31 member countries at the headquarters of the organizationin Brussels, Belgium.

Other potential candidates for the job, including Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, have recently dropped out of the race.

NATO regained centrality thanks to the war in Ukraine / Photo: File.

Satisfaction in the United States

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, was happy with the new extension and affirmed that NATO she was “stronger, more united and determined than ever”.

“With his strong leadership, experience and judgment, Secretary General Stoltenberg has led our alliance on the most significant challenges in European security since World War II,” Biden said in a statement, the AFP news agency reported.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, also celebrated this new extension of the mandate and assured that Stoltenberg has demonstrated “strong leadership” in “difficult times”.

The NATO chief has won praise from members for his coolness in the alliance’s strategy over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is the worst armed conflict in Europe since World War Two.

The coming summit

At the NATO summit to be held in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on July 11 and 12, Jens Stoltenberg will have to rebalance to calm Ukraine’s demands for its accession and the reluctance of the United States to want to establish a clear timetable for that process.

The refusal to incorporate Ukraine while the invasion lasts is due to the fact that NATO should declare war on Russiabecause article 5 of their founding treaty stipulates that the members of the alliance must come to the defense of any of them who are under attack.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shaken security in Europe and has given new impetus to the Atlantic Alliance. Finland and Sweden abandoned their historic neutrality and asked to join the military alliance.

Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometre border with Russia, did so in April, becoming the 31st member of the military organization, which is the largest in the world. Sweden’s membership application is blocked by Hungary and Turkiye.

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