Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary General of NATO: "The war will continue, let's be resilient"
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After the fall of missiles on Polish territory and a G20 focused on the war in Ukraine, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană recalls the central role of the alliance in European defence. It outlines perspectives on the consequences, on the continent, of the war in Ukraine.

After the fall of missiles on Polish territory, Mircea Geonă, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, confirms that “it is not a question of a deliberate attack, nor of a mislaid rocket from Russia”, but the he investigation by NATO, the Polish authorities and the United States continues. He explains that we must “be extremely vigilant against the hundreds of missiles sent by Russia every day against Ukraine”.

However, aid to Ukraine goes hand in hand “with tremendous calm and a strong determination to avoid escalation. (…) We Western countries are helping Ukraine, but we are ensuring that the escalation in this conflict, which is already very brutal, does not develop between Russia and NATO”, he continues.

To do this, NATO’s duty is to integrate anti-rocket batteries and national military means with the alliance’s own means. NATO will invest on the eastern front, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. “We are going to be strong on the eastern level, but also everywhere – because risk is everywhere.” Continuing to support Ukraine militarily, humanly and economically. Mircea Geonă also salutes “the heroism of President Zelensky, that of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian army is formidable”.

About the Midterms and the increased influence of the Republicans in the United States, Mircea Geonă, former Romanian ambassador to the United States is confident: “I am convinced that the support of the two major parties is solid and impeccable, it is also the case of 80% of Americans who renew their confidence in NATO. There is a strong consensus within the establishment and public opinion on NATO and to help Ukraine”.

He also insists on the impact of this war in Europe which displeases public opinion because of inflation and the cost of energy: “it is important that on both sides of the Atlantic we are resilient. The months to come will be hard for us citizens, the problem is the dissatisfaction with the rise in prices and energy, especially in Europe (…) It is important for us to have this impeccable unity for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Because this war will continue”.

As for the coming to power of the extreme right, with Giorgia Meloni, it does not worry him despite the political differences. “Italy is an impeccable ally (…) The unity within the alliance with our thirty – and we hope soon 32 allies – is formidable. This unity is the strength of our alliance”. Since the war in Ukraine, “the fact that NATO is the indispensable factor in European security is obvious to everyone”, insists the Deputy Secretary General.

On the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, the Deputy Secretary General is “very happy that these two democratic countries, with popular support and near unanimity in both parliaments, want to join the Alliance (… ) because Russia is aggressive and unpredictable”. Finally, Mircea Geonă is optimistic that Turkey will validate the membership of these two countries because, according to President Erdogan, “the Turkish parliament could ratify this at the end of the spring session of next year”.

Finally, the Deputy Secretary General stresses that “NATO needs the Europeans to invest more in our defence, because they only contribute 20% of our total investment budget”. In this respect, he salutes the industrial and military projects of the various States. NATO even indirectly helps European defense industries by avoiding fragmentation between armies, according to him.

Program produced by Isabelle Romero, Sophie Samaille and Perrine Desplats

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