It’s an undisputed fact that the recently concluded NATO summit has been historic since the end of the cold war, with the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine, the military alliances have tightened up their grip on their military stance against Russia to prevent another attack on any member states.
While Russia’s attack on Ukraine became the major bone of discussion, major leaders of the world came together in Madrid to look for a possible solution to the ongoing war in eastern Europe.
On the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, it seems to be a momentous meeting for the military alliance, with the hope of a new military strategy that will set the pace for the future of the organization for years to come.
With much optimism time ahead before the summit, many questions seem unsolved while the possibility of a clearer future for certain countries became apparent, with the NATO Chief’s promise of 300,000 troops in Europe, the addition of Sweden and Finland into NATO, Russia was tagged as a threat to NATO, the rapid growth of China both economically and politically took the conference till its last day.
NATO Chief pledged 300,000 troops in Europe.
In preparation for the summit, Jens Stoltenberg divulged the yearning goal of the military alliances to place over 300,000 troops on high alert to curtail the Russian assault further, the plan to place a large number of forces on high readiness would be the organization’s highest since the cold war.
With plans on stationing such amount of military in Europe, questions about the feasibility of achieving such a target remain thin in the air, as leaders of the alliances see it far beyond their reach, while some proclaimed that, releasing a large number of their forces could not be ascertained for security purpose. With the plan still in place to be achieved in a few years to come, the possibility of reaching such a target is on the wheel.
Russia is NATO’s greatest threat.
NATO has tagged the invasion of Ukraine by Russia as a threat to the whole of the military organization. Subject to the decision made by NATO’s leader, they all agreed and branded Russia as their most significant and direct threat which must be put to check.
The plan to station over 300,000 troops in Europe was major to curb the growing aggression of Russia toward any other member states, as both NATO and Russia have perceived themselves as a direct enemy to their interest, security, and existence.
Finland and Sweden were formally invited to NATO.
The membership application of both Sweden and Finland was also fast track after Turkey withdraw their objection to their inclusion into NATO which is owed due to security interests from their side.
The formal invitation given to both countries by NATO was made public after both nations had requested military protection from the biggest military alliance in the world against any imminent attack from the Russian military.
The inclusion of both Finland and Sweden into NATO ended their military neutrality over the years, and it also become an addition to the growing wings of NATO as they now have the access to put their military along with the heart of Russia should there be any attack from Russia, they will react swiftly.
NATO reaction to China.
With Russia declared the organization’s greatest threat, the summit didn’t end without putting up a plan on the growing influence of China, the whose zeal of becoming the number one in the world both politically and economically.
The growing influence of China is perceived as a threat to the hegemony enjoyed by NATO and their biggest donor, the United States. Beijing and Washington DC have been at the loggerhead overly now due to the sovereignty of Taiwan as an independent nation that is recognized by the U.S. but challenged by the Chinese.
According to a report from the Chinese government, any act to violate the One Chinese Policy would be tantamount to war from their side. According to the British P.M, he doubles down on the needs of the challenges posed by China as a global power.
Part of the decision taken by the leaders of the G7 on China over the week was to strengthen their ties for international investment to serve as a major rival to China’s growing influence both technologically and economically.