Germany, France and Poland vow to strengthen NATO

In a joint letter penned by Annalena Baerbock, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Stéphane Séjourné, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, a resounding call to action reverberates across Europe and beyond. With NATO commemorating its 75th anniversary, the three diplomats highlight the enduring importance of the alliance in safeguarding the shared values of individual liberty, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

The letter underscores the unprecedented challenges facing these values today, primarily emanating from Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin’s belligerent actions not only constitute a violation of international law but also pose a direct threat to the peace and security of Europe. The ministers emphasise the imperative for collective action and unity in the face of such aggression, reaffirming NATO’s fundamental principle that an attack on one member state is an attack on all.

Despite Russia’s attempts to propagate false narratives about NATO’s intentions, the reality is starkly different. Nations are gravitating towards NATO for protection in response to Russian threats, as evidenced by Finland and Sweden’s decision to join the alliance. The ministers stress the necessity of halting Russian imperialism to maintain peace in Europe, rejecting any notion of „gray zones” that could embolden further aggression.

Central to the letter is the call for European allies to assume greater responsibility for their defence within NATO. This entails meeting the established target of spending a minimum of 2 percent of GDP on defence, leveraging industrial capabilities to enhance military readiness, and investing in cutting-edge technologies to bridge capability gaps. The ministers advocate for strategic spending and coordination to ensure the effectiveness of defence investments.

Furthermore, the letter underlines the importance of existing mechanisms such as the European Defence Fund and the European Peace Facility in bolstering Europe’s defence capabilities. It emphasises the need for a cohesive European defence technological and industrial base to complement NATO’s efforts in deterring potential adversaries.

As Russia persists in its aggression, members of the Weimar Triangle stress the need for strength, unity, and cooperation among NATO allies. They reject any notion of capitulation to Russian aggression, stressing that collective resolve will ultimately thwart Putin’s ambitions.

In conclusion, the letter reaffirms Europe’s commitment to upholding freedom and security through a robust transatlantic alliance. It serves as a clarion call for concerted action to strengthen NATO and defend against the threats posed by Russian aggression, ensuring a safer and more secure future for generations to come.

 

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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

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