NATO will remain an alliance of North America and Europe, and countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Japan will not become allies, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading think tank in New York, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
"NATO will remain a regional alliance. This means that NATO will remain a North American and European alliance. NATO has established partnerships with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, but this does not mean that the alliance will expand. If there will be an expansion, it will be with European countries. NATO will not become a global collective defense organization," Stoltenberg said.
The NATO chief also referred to the threats posed to the allies by the war in Ukraine.
"If the United States (US) is concerned about China, it should ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine," he emphasized.
In addition, Stoltenberg said that if Ukraine wins the war, NATO will have the second-largest army in Europe and that with the recent increase in defense spending by European countries, there will be less worry about China.
The NATO Chief emphasized that it was in the US interest to guarantee Ukraine's victory, as this would make it easier for it to deal with China.
Source: Anadolu Agency