Foreign Minister: NATO faces unprecedented security threats

NATO faces unprecedented security threats that affect all members, foreign ministers of organization’s member countries concurred at the meeting held in Antalya, Turkey on May 14, the TASR newswire reported.

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák (Source: TASR)

The alliance needs to adapt to new security environment – particularly in the wake of developments outside NATO borders in the east and south, according to ministers.

“In a manner similar to how we bolster our defense capabilities, we also need to contribute to shaping the security environment on the other side of our borders,” Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák stressed in his speech, as quoted by TASR. “There won’t be any full security for Slovakia even in NATO, as long as our neighbourhood is in flames.”

The discussion revolved around measures NATO must implement with respect to the terrorist threats seen in the Middle East and northern Africa and hybrid threats stemming from the Ukrainian crisis.

Lajčák also voiced support for maintaining the open door policy for new NATO membership applicants such as Montenegro. According to the minister, Podgorica has already met all criteria necessary for membership and already behaves as an ally politically and militarily.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Security Council will meet to discuss nationwide testing

Overview of news from Monday, October 19, 2020.

PM Igor Matovič announcing some details about nationwide testing on October 18.

PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.

Matovič keeps falling. The effect of the dispute with its coalition partner is hard to guess

The senior coalition party was defeated by ex-PM Pellegrini’s movement, the Focus poll shows.

PM Igor Matovič

UPDATED: Nationwide testing will be secured by the army

Foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get tested too.

Illustrative stock photo