The increasing competition between major powers such as Russia, USA and China is one of the three main problems faced by NATO and its allies, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a speech in New Zealand.
“Let me focus on three key challenges facing New Zealand, and NATO allies. The first is increased competition between the great powers, the rivalry of the great powers,” – said Stoltenberg.
According to him, is “the increased competition of the great powers undermines the rules-based order, respect for international treaties and obligations.”
In particular, he noted that its result was that on August 2 ceased to exist, the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).
“The contract has ceased to exist on Friday, ( … ), because Russia has violated the Treaty for several years. They launched a new missile; something called SSC-8, which are medium-range missiles capable of reaching European cities within a few minutes. (…) Thus, the increased competition of the great powers, a more assertive Russia, puts pressure on the order based on rules, and the latest example is the death of the INF Treaty, “- said Stoltenberg.
As an example of the consequences of increased competition of the superpowers he also cited “the illegal annexation of Crimea and increased Russian presence” in Syria, as well as “Russia’s attempts to interfere and undermine the credibility of the democratic institutions in several countries, NATO and other countries.”
In addition, the NATO Secretary General noted the apparent rise of China.
“The role and influence of China – another sign of increasing global competition for power,” he said.
“Two different world powers, China and Russia, they are challenges for all of us, both for the allies and New Zealand and many other countries,” – said Stoltenberg.
Among other threats, the NATO Secretary General called terrorism and cybertechnology.
“We live in a world that is more unpredictable, where the security challenges of an increasingly integrated where it is more difficult to talk about regional challenges, they have become more global, so we all somehow affected. And in uncertain and unpredictable times, with global challenges, we need to build multilateral institutions, strong international cooperation, as the UN and the European Union, like NATO (…) the Establishment of institutions is the best way to deal with all the uncertainty and unpredictability we face in today’s international climate,” said Stoltenberg.