NATO leaders at the summit in Madrid will approve a new strategic concept that will identify Russia as the greatest threat. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced this at a press conference.
"Our new concept will lead us into a new era of strategic competition. I expect that the Allies will clearly define Russia as the biggest and most direct threat to our security. For the first time, it will also address China and the threats Beijing poses to security, interests and values," Stoltenberg said. .
He noted that Russia is avoiding the partnership and dialogue that NATO has been trying to establish for years.
"It's not relevant now, it's not working now because of Russia's behavior. We regret that, but we also have to respond to that reality," Stoltenberg said, adding that there are certain lines of communication to avoid incidents.
He recalled that then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was also present at the meeting before approving the current strategic concept approved in 2010.
"Then we accepted that Russia is a strategic partner. There will be no such thing in Madrid," the secretary general said.