Jens Stoltenberg Reappointed: Head of NATO For One Year

At the head of NATO since 2014, Jens Stoltenberg announced yesterday that he has been reappointed as Secretary General for an additional year, a few days before the Alliance summit in Vilnius, reports AFP. “I am honored by the decision of NATO allies to extend my term as Secretary General until October 1, 2024,” he tweeted.

This extension in the absence of consensus on the name of a possible successor was endorsed at a meeting of ambassadors from the 31 member countries at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels.
Appointed on October 1, 2014 for a 4-year term, the former Norwegian Prime Minister has served two full terms and has already been extended for one year in 2022 following the Ukrainian conflict.

The issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership will be at the heart of the Vilnius summit on July 11-12. If membership as long as the Russian military offensive continues is ruled out, kyiv wants assurances for the future. “We need a very clear and intelligible signal from the Vilnius summit that Ukraine can become a full member of NATO after the war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said recently.


The Russian intervention in Ukraine has upended security in Europe, pushing Finland and Sweden to want to join NATO. Article 5 of the Alliance states that an attack on one member “shall be considered an attack on all members”.

After three decades of military non-alignment, Finland, which shares a 1,300 kilometer long border with Russia, became NATO’s 31st member country in early April. The fate of Sweden still faces objections from Turkey and Hungary.

Thus, hours after Stoltenberg’s announcement, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan declared that Ankara would remain unmoved by “pressure” and oppose Sweden’s NATO membership if that -this constitutes a “burden” for the Alliance.

“Turkey disapproves of the use of pressure. We act according to principles”, he told the press, calling on Sweden to “do its homework” to be able to join NATO. “The question of whether Sweden’s membership in NATO constitutes a burden or an advantage in strategic and security terms is increasingly subject to debate,” added the head of Turkish diplomacy.

A meeting is scheduled between Sweden and Turkey tomorrow in Brussels, which should bring together foreign ministers, intelligence chiefs and national security advisers. Ankara, which has blocked Sweden’s entry into NATO since May 2022, lambasted Sweden last week after the burning of a Koran in Stockholm, an act “strongly condemned” and described as “Islamophobic” by the Swedish government. Such an act “alters the perception that we have of security in Sweden”, judged the Turkish minister. A similar provocation took place in January from a far-right activist.

Turkey, the only one of the 31 member countries of NATO with Hungary not to have ratified Sweden’s accession to NATO, also criticizes Stockholm for its alleged leniency towards Kurdish militants who have taken refuge in Sweden, despite several reforms. recently entered into force.

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