Posted on Jun 14, 2021
Following a successful G7 summit in the UK, on Monday NATO will host its own meeting, described as a "pivotal moment" by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, with the aim of turning the page on four tense years with Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who shook confidence in the Western alliance by calling it "obsolete".
NATO's 30 members will be focussing on tackling climate change, as well as facing up China’s military rise, Reuters reports.
China’s growing military and economic presence in the Atlantic, including joint military drills with Russia, will prompt a strong response from leaders.
"NATO owes it to the billion people we keep safe every day to continually adapt and evolve to meet new challenges and face down emerging threats," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who hosted Biden and other G7 leaders in Cornwall, England, said in prepared remarks on the Brussels' summit eve.
Russia's efforts to divide the West are likely to run through discussions, diplomats said, ahead of a meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in Geneva.
Since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO has modernised its defences but remains vulnerable to cyber attacks and disinformation, although Moscow denies any attempts to destabilise NATO allies.
"Cyber threats can emerge at any point during a crisis and trigger misunderstandings and unintended signals ... that could precipitate war," the European Leadership Network (ELN) research group said in a paper released for the summit.
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