At the upcoming summit in Madrid on June 28-30, NATO may decide on the largest military deployment since the end of the Cold War
It is noted that the allies in the alliance are ready to embark on an intense arms race to “turn Eastern Europe into a fort with thousands of soldiers and a lot of military equipment.” Some of the allied countries intend to move from the presence of combat groups in the east to brigades. Thus, NATO wants to make it clear that it is on alert and can respond to aggression against any member state.
In addition, the North Atlantic Alliance intends to help increase the military budgets of the allied countries. NATO’s new strategic concept is said to end ties with Moscow. In particular, Russia will be labeled as a direct security threat. As for China, European allies are in favor of not escalating tensions with Beijing. Thus, China will be seen not as a threat, but as a geostrategic and systemic challenge.
On June 26, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez said that the issue of Ukraine’s accession to NATO had never been considered. In addition, the minister confirmed that President Volodymyr Zelensky will take part in the NATO summit via videoconference.