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NATO allies declare Russia to be the biggest threat to their safety and security

The 30 NATO allies on Wednesday labeled Russia as the greatest threat to their security and described for the first time the challenge posed by China’s rise.

It came when President Joe Biden said the US was moving more troops and hardware to Europe, including a permanent presence on NATO’s eastern flank for the first time.

Twelve years ago, NATO’s “strategic concept” made no mention of China and described Russia as a “strategic partner.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said times have changed.

“The international balance of power is shifting and strategic competition is increasing,” he said.

“China does not share our values. And like Russia, it seeks to undermine the order based on national rules. So we have to stay together.’

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has repurposed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after failures in Afghanistan and divisions when Donald Trump was in the White House.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: 'The international balance of power is shifting and strategic competition is increasing'

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: ‘The international balance of power is shifting and strategic competition is increasing’

Russian soldiers patrol a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine

Russian soldiers patrol a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine

The Chinese military's new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, reportedly capable of reaching the United States, are seen at a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China

The Chinese military’s new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, reportedly capable of reaching the United States, are seen at a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

Stoltenberg said the alliance met “in the midst of the worst security crisis we’ve experienced since World War II.”

Much of the focus has been on Ukraine and Russia, but the new paper expressed concerns about China — and its growing warmth with Moscow.

“The deepening of the strategic partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing efforts to undermine the rules-based international order are against our values ​​and interests,” it said.

If the new language was a jab in Beijing, leaders would spend the day taking pictures in Moscow.

Russia’s “war of aggression against Ukraine has disrupted the peace and profoundly changed our security environment.”

Biden arrived at the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday morning and promised to send two F-35 squadrons to the UK and two destroyers to Spain while bolstering US forces in Europe against the threat of Vladimir Putin from Russia.

It will include a permanent military presence on NATO’s eastern flank for the first time — a move likely to infuriate Moscow.

Biden made his announcement on the first day of a summit that started on a positive note, with Turkey dropping its objections to Finland and Sweden joining the alliance.

“We are sending an undeniable message in my view, and I think yours is too,” he told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, “that NATO is strong and united and that the steps we are taking at this summit will kind of further expansion. our collective strength.

“That is why I am announcing today that the United States will strengthen our military position in Europe, respond to the changing security environment and strengthen our collective security.”

Having already sent 20,000 additional troops to Europe – bringing the total to 100,000 – he announced that two more squadrons of F-35 fighters would be sent to the UK and that the number of destroyers in Spain would increase from four to six .

Additional air defense systems will be sent to Germany and Italy, he said.

And the US will set up a permanent military headquarters for its 5th Army Corps in Poland and send another 5,000 troops to Romania.

The F-35 is the United States Air Force’s most advanced combat aircraft, with air superiority and ground attack capabilities.

President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of NATO's Madrid summit

President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of NATO’s Madrid summit

Biden announced he would send more US troops to Europe as NATO allies rallied to pledge full support to Ukraine against Vladimir Putin's Russia

Biden announced he would send more US troops to Europe as NATO allies rallied to pledge full support to Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s Russia

The increase includes two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets sent to the UK

The increase includes two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets sent to the UK

Biden also said he is increasing the number of US Navy destroyers stationed at the US Naval Station in Spain from four to six as he ramps up forces in Europe.

Biden also said he is increasing the number of US Navy destroyers stationed at the US Naval Station in Spain from four to six as he ramps up forces in Europe.

Biden waved as his motorcade made its way through Madrid to the prime spot

Biden waved as his motorcade made its way through Madrid to the prime spot

“We are going to make sure that NATO is ready to face the threats from all directions and in every area – land, air and sea,” Biden said.

“At a time when Putin has broken the peace in Europe and has attacked the very, very principles of rules-based order. The United States and its allies are going to stand up.”

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“These forces – the first permanent US troops on NATO’s eastern flank – will enhance our command and control capabilities, interoperability with NATO and management of pre-deployed equipment,” the Pentagon said.

Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Putin’s hopes of dividing NATO were dashed with his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin got “more NATO,” not less, Johnson said when he arrived at the summit.

US and European officials had hoped for progress on enlargement during the two-day summit in Madrid.

Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in May, alarmed at Russian aggression in the region.

Biden was greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said the alliance met in

Biden was greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said the alliance met in “the most serious security crisis we have endured since World War II.”

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he could not support their applications. Turkey has long accused the two countries of harboring members of the separatist militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Turkey has labeled a terrorist group.

The details of a breakthrough emerged on Tuesday. Turkey was pleased with the measures taken by Finland and Sweden, officials said.

Stoltenberg applauded the deal, saying: ‘We now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.’

White House officials said the US was not directly involved in the negotiations.

However, Biden spoke to Erdogan on Tuesday as part of an effort to remove roadblocks from Sweden and Finland.

Biden spoke with Erdogan again on Wednesday as they both arrived at the summit and will hold a meeting later in the day.

Meanwhile, leader after leader said they wanted to send a clear message to Moscow.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the host of the summit, said his new strategic concept will call Russia the “main threat” to the alliance. The latest document, published in 2010, featured Russia as a strategic partner.

“We are sending a strong message to Putin: you are not going to win,” he said.

Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, said NATO would supply arms to Ukraine for as long as necessary.

“Russia has violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity with its brutal war of aggression,” he said.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland and Sweden to launch NATO applications

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland and Sweden to launch NATO applications

If the nations are admitted into the alliance, they will bring with them nearly 1 million troops, including reserves, along with a huge amount of artillery, fighter jets and submarines

If the nations are admitted into the alliance, they will bring with them nearly 1 million troops, including reserves, along with a huge amount of artillery, fighter jets and submarines

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