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What to expect from this year's NATO Summit? Updated: 2022-06-28 17:06:14 KST

Leaders from NATO's member states and its key partners are gathering in Madrid, Spain this week to discuss pressing security issues.
Most of the talks will be centered on NATO's response to the war in Ukraine as it faces one of its biggest tests since the end of the Cold War.
At the summit, member states are expected to agree to extend their support for Ukraineand bolster their military presence on the eastern flank.
On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the 30-member bloc is planning to increase its high-readiness forces to over 300-thousand that's nearly eightfold the current number of troops deployed in the area.

What's even more important at this year's summit is that NATO members will adopt its next strategic concept a document that lays out the overall direction of the alliance for the next ten years.
The new blueprint will outline NATO's key tasks and underscore the most immediate threats to the alliance.

"Our new concept will guide us in an era of strategic competition. I expect it will make clear that allies consider Russia as the most significant and direct threat to our security. It will address China for the first time and the challenges that Beijing poses to our security, interests and values."

Another central theme at the NATO summit will be Finland and Sweden's bids to join the alliance.
The two counties last month applied for NATO membership, but Turkiye, a longstanding member, objected accusing them of supporting Kurdish separatist groups.
This week, allies plan to convince Turkiye to lift its veto.

"I will not make any promises, but I can just assure you that we are working actively to ensure progress because the applications of Finland, Sweden to join NATO, they are historic. It will strengthen the security of Finland, Sweden. It will strengthen NATO"

If accepted, Finland and Sweden's inclusion would mean a NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, exactly what Russia has long been looking to prevent.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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