NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that the EU is not able to defend Europe. He expressed the corresponding opinion in a published interview with the newspaper El Pais, NATO press service reported.
“I am planning to go to Paris next week to meet with President Macron and my message is that NATO is adapting, NATO is agile, NATO is responding. The reality is that Europe and North America, we are doing more together than we have done for decades. And that the US is not leaving Europe, the US is actually increasing their military presence in Europe with more troops, with more exercises, with more US investments in military infrastructure in Europe. And, at the same time, European Allies are stepping up,” he said.
“In a fast-changing world, NATO continues to adapt to face strategic challenges. And tomorrow, we will take another important step. I expect ministers will agree to recognize space as an operational domain, alongside air, land, sea, and cyber. Space is essential to the Alliance’s defence and deterrence. For early warning, communication and navigation,” he said.
Macron in an interview with The Economist magazine said that NATO has completely lost coordination within the alliance and is in a state of brain death. The French president also noted that Europe needs to start thinking of itself as an independent geopolitical force, otherwise it will not control its fate.