by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers
This is a crucial time for transatlantic security. So this meeting of Defence Ministers is timely and significant. We will take decisions to ensure our Alliance stays strong and flexible in the face of evolving challenges. Because a strong NATO is good for Europe and a strong NATO is good for North America.
Over the past two years, we have implemented the greatest increase in our collective defence since the Cold War. We are working more closely with our partners in the Middle East and elsewhere. We are increasing defence spending after many years of cuts.
Today, we will review our progress in the eastern part of the Alliance. We are deploying four multinational battlegroups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, to send a clear signal of NATO’s resolve and readiness to defend any Ally.
We will also discuss what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. We have been engaged in this effort for many years, and today our work continues. From Afghanistan to Iraq and Tunisia. With support for the Counter-ISIL Coalition and with improved intelligence-sharing. - Read More, Nato.int