NATO wary of Russian, Chinese ‘gains’ on southern flank

SpaceWar.com reports: “NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged more support Thursday for countries in Africa and the Middle East as the alliance looks to compete with Russia’s and China’s growing influence in the regions.

Leaders meeting at a summit in Madrid discussed ‘how Russia and China continue to seek political, economic and military gain across our southern neighbourhood’, he said.

‘Both Moscow and Beijing are using economic leverage, coercion and hybrid approaches to advance their interest in the region,’ Stoltenberg added.

‘So today, we discussed how to address this growing challenge, including with even more support for those partners in the region.’

Stoltenberg said the alliance had agreed a ‘defence capacity building package’ for Mauritania to help with border security, illegal migration and terrorism, and additional support for Tunisia and Jordan…”

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