NATO’s Vershbow: NATO has tools to secure stability of its neighbourhoods, but investment is needed

NATO’s Vershbow: NATO has tools to secure stability of its neighbourhoods, but investment is needed

Deputy NATO Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said Friday in Bucharest that NATO has many tools that can help secure stability in its neighbourhoods, but far more should be invested, an important topic to be discussed at the incoming summit meeting in Warsaw.

“If we want our Alliance to be secure then our neighbourhoods must be stable. And that, currently, is one thing that they are not. We need to invest far more in our partnerships — to support our neighbours’ ability to better defend themselves, to contain extremist forces, and to bring stability to their regions. (…) We must help our neighbours in the East who are the targets of Russian interference and intimidation, so that they can stand their ground and preserve their sovereignty. And we must help our partners in the South to combat extremism, to fight ISIL and to bring some degree of calm to the explosive atmosphere of the Middle East and North Africa. NATO has many tools which can help. Our experience with helping nations to reform their security sectors and to build up their defence capacity have the potential to make a huge difference. But for that to happen we need to invest far more in these programs than we do now,” Vershbow told an Aspen Romania Institute forum in Bucharest. More…