NATO leaders will meet today for a three-hour meeting at the organization’s headquarters, for the first time since US President Joe Biden took office. Biden landed in Brussels today and will attend the annual summit as part of his visit to Europe, having been in the UK since last Wednesday for bilateral meetings and the G7 summit, and before ending his European tour at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in two days (Wednesday) in Geneva.
While Biden is expected to bring with him a new spirit to the alliance that shaped the Western world in the post-World War II era, the issues at the top of its agenda have remained as they were during Trump’s tenure: China and Russia. NATO Secretary-General Norwegian Jannes Stoltenberg declared on the eve of the opening of the summit that “the Chinese do not share our values”, noting that this is the largest country in the world, spending the world’s second-largest GDP on security. And are not our rivals, “but that the Alliance must adopt a uniform policy regarding its military activities in the Asian region.
Russia, on the other hand, has in recent days made several expeditions to Danish airspace, to signal to the Trans-Atlantic Alliance that it is a force to be reckoned with. “It will be one of the major issues on the agenda, along with the early US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left some U.S. allies surprised and forced to advance their withdrawal plans as well.” Because of Russia’s aggressive behavior. “
After four years in which former US President Donald Trump expressed doubts about the necessity of the alliance, called it “outdated”, and led an “America First” policy that undermined its status, Biden is expected to renew its American commitment to an organization in which 30 countries are members. The U.S. and other countries are still pressuring Allies to spend at least 2% of their GDP on security, but in a less dramatic or fateful way than the Trump administration. Armin Lasht, the candidate to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election, expressed support for an interview he gave last weekend in meeting that target. “This is a crucial moment for our alliance,” Stolentberg said today before Biden’s landing in Brussels, “and it will open a new chapter in our transatlantic relationship.”
On the sidelines of the conference, Biden Vhuo will meet with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he previously called an “autocrat.” Biden and the Democratic administration led U.S. initial recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Turks, which led to a confrontation between the two countries. The two are expected to discuss Turkey’s NATO plan to acquire a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, Turkish involvement in Libya and Afghanistan ( Ankara proposed placing forces in the country after the US withdrawal) as well as in the situation in Syria.
Experts point out that ahead of the summit, Erdogan is moderating the policies he has pursued against the US and its allies, including suspending gas exploration in a disputed area with Greece and Cyprus. Turkey faces an economic crisis, with rising unemployment, sharply declining currency value and government intervention The key that has diminished investor confidence in the country’s economy.