The FINANCIAL -- The North Atlantic Council met members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Monday (15 February) and discussed priorities for this year’s NATO Summit in Warsaw as well as how the Alliance is adapting to the new security challenges.
The discussions were part of regular consultations between the two organisations, according to NATO.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Warsaw Summit agenda will be driven by two major themes, balance and adaptation. The Alliance will need to ensure a right balance between addressing challenges coming from the East and from the South. And the Alliance will also need to ensure a right balance between deterrence and dialogue with partners who do not necessarily share NATO’s core values, including Russia. He highlighted that a strong deterrence posture goes hand in hand with NATO’s readiness to have dialogue. Mr. Stoltenberg said that fulfilling the Wales Defence Investment Pledge will help the Alliance achieve these objectives. Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and of the North Atlantic Council also discussed NATO’s decision to provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis in the Aegean See and cooperation between NATO and the European Union.
The Secretary General also had a separate meeting with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Michael Turner. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an inter-parliamentary organisation of parliamentarians from NATO member countries and associate countries and is independent from NATO. It provides a link between NATO and the parliaments of NATO member countries, to help build parliamentary and public awareness and understanding for Alliance policies.