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NATO summit takes on challenges from Russia, China, climate change

In a first for the Western military alliance, it said China was posing "systemic challenges" for the 30-nation pact.

By: Reuters | Brussels |
June 14, 2021 9:43:54 pm
NATO, NATo leaders on China, China a global security challenge, NATO nations, NATO news, China, world news, Indian expressNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second left, and U.S President Joe Biden, center, pose with other leaders during a family picture at the NATO headquarters where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan, Monday June, 14, 2021. (AP Photo)

NATO leaders on Monday agreed to step up their collective defence “against all threats, from all directions,” according to their final statement.

NATO said it would adapt to climate-reated security challenges, called on Russia to drop its designation of two allies – the United States and the Czech Republic – as “unfriendly countries” and committed funds to the Kabul airport.

It said it would respond to Russia’s growing nuclear arsenal and called on Iran to stop all ballistic missile activities.

In a first for the Western military alliance, it said China was posing “systemic challenges” for the 30-nation pact.

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