NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum on Thursday.
The forum touched on issues ranging from Afghanistan to the Arctic, and arms control to European defence cooperation. He said that NATO “has worked for 70 years and it is going to work for many more years, as long as we are united, strong and credible.”
The Brussels Forum brings together European and North American senior public and private sector leaders, academia and the media, to discuss current transatlantic challenges.
Jens Stoltenberg said:
“For NATO and for NATO Allies, and for the close to one billion people living in NATO, deterrence works every day. And it has worked every day for 70 years. Because the whole purpose of deterrence is to make sure that no NATO Ally is attacked. And we deliver credible deterrence by sending a clear message to any potential adversary that if one NATO Ally is attacked, the whole Alliance will respond. And by doing that, we actually preserve the peace. The idea of deterrence is not to provoke a conflict, but to prevent a conflict.
So, it’s extremely successful.
It has worked for 70 years and it is going to work for many more years, as long as we are united, strong and credible. Then of course we will respond, and that was the big decision we made at the Defence Ministerial meeting yesterday. And that was to say that, if Russia does not come back into compliance, we will respond. We are considering different measures. I mentioned yesterday conventional of course, air missile defence, exercises, new initiatives on arms control, and so on.”