What happened? NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Davos leaders about the security risks posed by China and russia, recalling that “freedom is more important than free trade and protection of values is more important than profit.”
Source. He stated that in a special address at the economic forum in Davos.
Details. Stoltenberg said countries should not trade long-term security guarantees for short-term economic interests.
'“The war in Ukraine demonstrates how economic relations with authoritarian regimes can create vulnerabilities. This creates excessive dependence on key goods such as energy, technology exchange (artificial intelligence, which is crucial for modern weapons),” said Stoltenberg.
He noted that this applies not only to russia but also to China, having added that he does not oppose trade with China, but control over 5G networks is a crucial security issue.
In addition, Stoltenberg said he is sure that NATO will be able to accept Finland and Sweden into the alliance.
Background. Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen told at a forum in Davos how the EU plans to get rid of its dependence on russian energy.