NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of shared values in visit to Sweden
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed Sweden’s deep partnership with the Alliance in a visit to Stockholm on Friday (12 June 2015). “The reason Sweden is such a close and long-standing partner of NATO is not simply because we face the same challenges but because we share the same values,” he said. In a speech to the “Folk och Försvar” (People and Defence) forum, Ambassador Vershbow called Sweden’s cooperation with NATO a “win-win situation for us all,” saying “we share the same dedication to building a safer and more secure world.”
The Deputy Secretary General warned that both NATO and its partners face a deteriorating security situation in the Middle East and North Africa; “the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks” on our streets; and a resurgent Russia undermining the peaceful order in Europe. Ambassador Vershbow underlined that NATO is “responding to the rising security challenges in the east and the south” by reinforcing its collective defence. He stressed that NATO must be ready to work closely with partners to deter and defend against new challenges, including hybrid threats.
Later on Friday, Ambassador Vershbow delivered remarks at the Institute for Security and Development Policy on NATO and its relations with East Asia. “Both East Asia and Europe face an increasingly volatile security environment,” he said. “By supporting our partners across the globe – near and far, practically and politically – the NATO Alliance can help to foster stability around the world.”
While in Stockholm, Ambassador Vershbow also had separate meetings with Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.