SubscribeUSIndiaGlobalThe main topics of the NATO summit starting on Tuesday evening in Madrid will be the strengthening of collective defense and deterrence, as well as the continuation of assistance to Ukraine, Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.The 2022 NATO Summit is taking place in the Spanish city of Madrid from June 28-30.Heads of State and Government from NATO’s member countries, along with key partners are expected to adopt a new Strategic Concept outlining the alliance’s core security policies and challenges for the next decade.The NATO summit in Madrid will end on June 30. The main discussions of the leaders of the bloc countries are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29.Follow Sputnik’s live feed and Telegram channels to get the latest updates:Sputnik News US — News India — firstOld first16:11 GMT 28.06.2022Ankara Will Host Turkey-Sweden Political Consultations on Wednesday16:08 GMT 28.06.2022Johnson Expected to Announce Extra Financing to Defense Sector at NATO Summit – ReportsUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce additional financing of the defense sector at the NATO summit in Madrid, following pressure from ministers, The Times reported on Tuesday.UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has reportedly sent a letter to Johnson with calls to increase the UK’s armed forces budget to 2.5% of GDP, which would equal 10 billion pounds ($12.2 billion) a year, against the backdrop of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.According to the media, Johnson has been preparing for a rise in defense spending and is expected to announce this decision at a NATO summit in Spain.15:59 GMT 28.06.2022Biden: US to Increase Number of Naval Destroyers in SpainUS President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Washington and Madrid will be working together to increase the number of US naval destroyers stationed in the country.

“Mr. President [Pedro Sanchez], you and I discussed today, we’re going to work on an agreement to increase the number of US naval destroyers stationed at Spain’s Rota naval base, which will also enhance the bilateral defensive relationship between Spain and the United States. We expect that to occur much sooner than later,” Biden said during a press conference.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the NATO summit taking place in Madrid this week.15:40 GMT 28.06.2022Sanchez: Spain, US Will Work on Agreement to Increase Number of US Navy Destroyers Stationed in Spain15:26 GMT 28.06.2022Biden, Sanchez Hold Presser Ahead of NATO Summit in Madrid

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14:55 GMT 28.06.2022Stoltenberg Says NATO Does Not Regard China as Adversary But Concerned Over Russia-China TiesNATO does not perceive China as an adversary and believes in the need to cooperate with Beijing on global issues like climate change, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.”On China, one of the messages we have is that we don’t regard China as an adversary and China is soon the biggest economy in the world, we need to engage with China on issues like climate change, it matters for the whole energy market,” Stoltenberg said during the NATO Public Forum in Madrid.Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that the alliance is set to label China as a “systemic challenge” when outlining its new policy guidelines this week.12:53 GMT 28.06.2022Biden to Meet With S. Korean, Japanese Leaders on NATO Sidelines on Wednesday, White House Says12:39 GMT 28.06.2022NATO Summit to Set Strategic Direction of Alliance for Years to Come, Sullivan SaysThe ongoing NATO summit will set the strategic direction for the alliance for the years to come, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.”The summit will provide an opportunity to set the strategic direction of the alliance in the coming years,” he told reporters.Madrid is hosting the leaders’ summit on June 28–30.12:24 GMT 28.06.2022US to Announce on Wednesday New Long-Term Deployment of Extra Troops in Europe, White House SaysThe United States will announce on Wednesday a new long-term deployment of troops in Europe, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

“In the summit you will see that the alliance will follow through on this commitment [to enforce NATO’s posture in response to the Ukraine crisis],” he said. “The United States will be making specific announcements tomorrow on land, see and air of additional force posture commitments over the long term, beyond the duration of this crisis, however long it goes on.”11:18 GMT 28.06.2022Turkey’s Erdogan Plans to Meet With Biden in MadridTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a phone conversation with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, that they planned to meet in-person in Madrid later on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I had a conversation with Biden this morning. We may hold a meeting in Madrid this evening or tomorrow,” Erdogan told reporters before departing to Spain for a NATO summit.The White House later confirmed that the presidents had agreed to meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, as well as terrorism and the alliance’s collective security.

“President Biden noted he looks forward to seeing President Erdogan at the NATO Summit in Madrid where leaders will discuss the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for Transatlantic security and other threats to the Alliance,” it said.

Erdogan said that deliveries of F-16 fighters to Turkey were “still on the table.” Turkey made a request to buy US-made jets after Washington kicked Ankara out of the advanced F-35 joint production program to punish it for buying Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.10:40 GMT 28.06.2022NATO Chief, Spanish PM Hold Presser Ahead of Madrid Summit

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05:16 GMT 28.06.2022NATO Set to Label China ‘Systemic Challenge’ When Outlining New Policy Guidelines, Reports SayNATO is set to label China as a “systemic challenge” when outlining this week its new policy guidelines, Bloomberg reported citing sources familiar with the matter.

The North Atlantic alliance will also highlight China’s deepening partnership with Russia, the report said.

It said the so-called Strategic Concept will outline NATO’s priorities for the coming decade, and is to be signed by NATO leaders at the Madrid summit this week. The previous 2010 version did not mention China and called Russia a partner, which is set to be changed.



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