Russia will be the focus of NATO’s attention at the upcoming June 14 summit. This was announced by Amanda Sloat, senior director for Europe of the National Security Council (SNB) at the White House, TASS reports.
The politician noted that the North Atlantic Alliance will discuss Russia as part of a discussion on new threats in the international arena. “The summit will allow us to discuss what needs to be done to respond to existing and new threats,” she said. Sloat said the United States is in favor of developing relations with Moscow through direct contact between leaders.
She also said that US President Joe Biden will reaffirm NATO’s commitment at the upcoming summit. According to the politician, the American leader will express his readiness to comply with the fifth article of the Washington Collective Defense Treaty, according to which an attack on any country of the alliance becomes an attack on all its members.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the meaning of the alliance’s dialogue with Russia. According to him, Western countries need to reduce tension with Moscow. Thus, he commented on the timeliness of the meeting between the presidents of the United States and Russia. The secretary general believes that this step is consistent with a dual approach to Moscow, in which deterrence and defense are combined with dialogue.
The meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States will take place on June 16 in Geneva.