Rivalry of superpowers, terrorism, and cybercrime are the main challenges currently facing NATO countries and their allies, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his speech in New Zealand.
Stoltenberg noted increased competition among major powers such as Russia and China. He said that the buildup of military capabilities in Russia jeopardizes the established rules and is an indicator of the intensification of the struggle for global superiority. As an example of the allegedly aggressive Russian actions, the Secretary General cited the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014, the Russian withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, as well as the alleged interference in the democratic processes of other states.
According to him, the second global challenge is terrorism. The Secretary General recalled the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15, which killed 51 people, another 50 were injured, as well as the terrorist attacks in Oslo and in the camp on the Isle of Wight in 2011.
Another threat is the development of cyber technology and related crime, he added.
Cyber attacks are as dangerous as conventional attacks, he said adding that NATO is actively working to protect its institutions in the network space.
Stoltenberg urged NATO allies to strengthen cooperation in order to cope with the uncertainty and unpredictability that we are facing in the current international situation.