– Sanctions against Russia are a price worth paying for freedom, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg when he spoke during the NATO summit in Madrid on Tuesday.
– It is in our interest to support Ukraine, our world will be more insecure if Putin wins, says Stoltenberg.
Europe and North America stand together, he says.
Spain is hosting the NATO summit 40 years after joining the alliance. This is a very important summit, Stoltenberg emphasizes:
– We will agree on a new strategy that will be important in a dangerous and unpredictable world. We will agree on an aid package to Ukraine, which will help them enforce the right to self-defense, says Stoltenberg.
– Ukraine is now facing a brutality we have not seen in Europe since World War II.
Stoltenberg also hopes that they will make progress in the talks on Finnish and Swedish NATO membership.
– In order to defend ourselves in a more dangerous world, we must also invest more in defense.
– I am really looking forward to this historic summit in Madrid, emphasizes the NATO chief.
Climate change is important for our security, which is why it is important for NATO.
This was also one of the main messages from NATO Secretary General on Tuesday.
– We know that climate change is a threat to us all, says Stoltenberg. That is why it is important for both NATO allies and the Alliance’s stakeholders.
– We must work on three different levels when it comes to climate change. We must increase our understanding, adapt and reduce our emissions, he emphasizes from the rostrum.
The list is long of how climate change affects our security.
– It will not be easy, but it is possible to reduce emissions, says Stoltenberg, and says the goal is to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and then be carbon neutral by 2050.
The war in Ukraine shows the vulnerability of being too dependent on authoritarian regimes, Stoltenberg believes, and emphasizes that we must have more suppliers of energy.