Opening remarks

by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers session

  • 02 Dec. 2014
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  • Last updated: 02 Dec. 2014 13:37

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to this meeting of the Foreign Ministers in the North Atlantic Council.

Our world has become more dangerous this year. Instability is creeping closer. Russia is trying to replace the rule of law with the rule of force. 

Violence and extremism have spread across North Africa and the Middle East. 

And we also face other challenges – from missile proliferation to cyber attacks.

NATO stands ready to respond. We responded to these challenges at the Wales Summit. We agreed on the Readiness Action Plan.  To ensure that NATO forces remain ready and able to respond swiftly to any threat. From the east or from the south.

So we must implement the Readiness Action Plan in full and on time.  

We are maintaining a continuous presence in the air, on the ground and at sea in our eastern part of the Alliance.  And we are also developing the Spearhead Force. This is key for our security.

At the Wales Summit, we also agreed to work even more closely with partner nations around the world. And to help those who request our assistance to strengthen their defence sectors.  Our aim is to project stability without always having to project large forces. Because prevention is better than cure.

We are now translating this initiative into action by first developing tailored measures for Georgia, Jordan and the Republic of Moldova. So our Wales Summit set out a clear course. 

We will keep NATO strong.  With strong forces. Strong  capabilities. And strong partnerships. 

Let me now conclude the public part of our meeting.  I would like to thank the members of the media who have joined us for the start of this session.