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Miroslav Lajčák Takes part in the NATO Summit in London

Miroslav Lajčák Takes part in the NATO Summit in London

4.12.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO

Today, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the NATO Summit in London (3-4 December 2019). The delegation of the Slovak Republic at the meeting of the heads of state and government was led by President Zuzana Čaputová. In addition to the official commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North-Atlantic Treaty and the 20th and, respectively, 30th anniversary of the accession of the Eastern bloc countries, the allies sent a strong signal of unity, endurance and readiness to continue to guarantee security and prosperity to their democratic systems. Today the Alliance acts together more than ever before. The Slovak delegation presented the idea that, owing to its effective deterrence and the strategic deployment of its forces, NATO can, both politically and in military terms, provide for the peaceful co-existence of its one billion people also with the countries which are negatively disposed towards the Alliance. Slovakia, as a reliable ally, has not only been a beneficiary but also a relevant provider of this guarantee for the other countries of the Alliance. This has been proven by its contributions to the political discussion, the budget issue, and in terms of the operations and missions led by NATO.


 
The member states confirmed their agreement regarding the current political lines and planned actions regarding the threat to which they are exposed. The baseline continues to be deterrence and dialogue, accentuated by common positions related to the forums of international organisations. NATO signals to its citizens and also its opponents that in the past five years it has made significant progress on the issue of joint burden sharing and the sharing of security costs, which translates into the increase of expenditures on the modernisation of the armed forces, a more robust European profile, a more efficient structure of command centres, new defence initiatives, faster reaction time and fresher decision-making processes of the allies. As Minister Lajčák emphasized, NATO has remained the backbone of transatlantic security, with its significantly strengthened and renewed defence capabilities.