Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Vilnius on Monday (10 July 2023) and mentioned ultimate preparations for the NATO Summit with President Gitanas Nausėda.
The Secretary Common stated that when Allies meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, they are going to take additional main steps to strengthen deterrence and defence. This contains three new regional plans, backed by 300,000 troops on excessive readiness, and main capabilities throughout all domains. “This sends a transparent message that we’ll defend each inch of Lithuania, and each inch of Allied territory,” stated Mr Stoltenberg.
Mr Stoltenberg additionally stated that Allies will take choices on Ukraine, together with a multi-year package deal of help, and upgraded political ties with a brand new NATO-Ukraine Council. He added that Allies may also handle Ukraine’s path in direction of NATO membership.
To proceed supporting Ukraine and strengthening deterrence and defence, Allies will set a extra formidable defence funding pledge, constructing on 9 consecutive years of defence spending throughout European Allies and Canada. This features a rise of 8.3% in actual phrases this yr, the most important improve in a long time.
Allies may also meet with shut companions in Vilnius, together with the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. “This might be Finland’s first Summit as a NATO Ally, and we look ahead to Sweden becoming a member of as quickly as potential. I’ll meet with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Kristersson later at the moment as the following step on this course of,” stated Mr Stoltenberg.