28 Oct '14, 9am

#NATO SG speech - A unique Alliance with a clear course

#NATO SG speech - A unique Alliance with a clear course

I am the first NATO Secretary General from a country that has a common border with Russia. I remember visiting that border when it was completely closed. Back in the days of the Soviet Union. When looking across was like staring into something dark and scary. Now there is a visa-free zone in its place. And hundreds of thousands of people cross the border every year. To the benefit of both our countries . The freedoms and prosperity that many Russians have enjoyed in recent years have come from open borders like this. And from integration into the global rules-based order. Russia is not just Norway’s neighbour. It is NATO’s biggest neighbour. And both NATO and Russia are here to stay. So we simply cannot ignore each other. One way or the other, we will have a relationship. The question is what kind. Norway’s experience as a founding member of NATO is that a strong defence, ...

Full article: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_114179.htm

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