Prime Minister Rama in Madrid, where 30 leaders of the NATO Alliance will gather
The 30 leaders of the NATO alliance gather in Madrid today, for a high-level meeting that takes place tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. The 30 NATO members are expected to increase support for Ukraine, increase the presence of their forces on the east side of the Alliance and adopt a strategic concept that sets out the key priorities for the next decade, with particular emphasis on international military ambitions in China's rise.
Prime Minister Edi Rama together with Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka are already in Madrid for the meeting that comes at a difficult time caused by the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
"The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka, left today for the NATO summit to be held in Madrid, as part of the delegation led by Prime Minister Edi Rama. "The summit will discuss, among other things, the continuation of support for Ukraine for a longer period, as well as the agreement on the Strategic Concept 2022", announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, the leaders are expected to show their unity in support of Kiev, decide on increasing the presence of NATO forces on its eastern flank, and adopt a strategic concept on the alliance's priorities for the next decade.
"It is a high-level meeting that takes place in one of the most dramatic moments of the European Union's relations with Russia and also with the United States. It is a very important meeting. "This is the first time this has happened during a war in Europe," said Javier Solana, a former NATO secretary general.
The President of the United States and other leaders of the most powerful military alliance in the world, want to show strength and unity in support of the resistance of Ukraine to the fierce attack of the forces of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to address NATO leaders in a video link, but he has acknowledged that NATO membership is a distant goal and that he is now focused on his country's membership in the European Union.
However, alliance expansion can occur. Finland and Sweden have abandoned their neutral status, seeking NATO membership, as a safeguard against an increasingly aggressive Russia. But Turkey, which has NATO's second-largest army, is an obstacle to the goals of Sweden and Finland, at least for now.