Stoltenberg: Russia, Iran and China cooperate closely against the West

Stoltenberg assessed that the world is now "much more dangerous, unpredictable and violent" than 10 years ago, when he was elected to his current position

by Sededin Dedovic
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Stoltenberg: Russia, Iran and China cooperate closely against the West
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In today's complex geopolitical landscape, the dynamic between authoritarian regimes and Western democracies has undergone significant changes. A stark illustration of this is the growing cooperation among authoritarian states in their efforts to counter the influence of Western democracies.

This trend, highlighted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, highlights the evolving challenges facing the international community and raises key questions about the future of global security. At the forefront of this trend are countries like Russia, Iran, China and North Korea, whose coordinated actions represent a significant challenge to the established world order.

Stoltenberg's recent statements have drawn attention to the growing alignment among these authoritarian forces, signaling a shift in the balance of power on the global stage. One of the key arenas where this cooperation is evident is in the field of military cooperation.

Stoltenberg pointed out that China's support for the Russian defense industry, along with the transfer of Russian technology to Iran and North Korea, signifies strategic alignment aimed at strengthening their military capabilities.

This alignment of interests not only enhances the military power of these regimes, but also complicates efforts to promote peace and stability in regions of strategic importance such as Ukraine. The first man of NATO nevertheless expressed optimism in supporting Ukraine.

In an interview with the BBC, Stoltenberg pointed out that he is confident that the allies within the military alliance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will manage to agree on a long-term agreement on the financing of Ukraine by July, but he indicated that Ukraine might have to accept "some kind of compromise".

"Even if we believe and hope that the war will end in the near future, we have to support Ukraine for many years and build up its defenses to prevent future aggression," Stoltenberg said.

Russia, Iran, China and North Korea and deep cooperation

The consequences of this authoritarian alliance extend beyond military matters.

Stoltenberg's statements illuminate the broader strategic goals driving this alignment, including economic cooperation and diplomatic support. From joint infrastructure projects to coordinated diplomatic initiatives, authoritarian regimes use their collective strength to promote their interests on the global stage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pose for a group p© Pool / Getty Images

"China supports Russia's war economy, supplying key parts to its defense industry, and in return Moscow mortgages its future to Beijing.

In addition, Russia gave technology to Iran and North Korea in exchange for ammunition and military equipment," Stoltenberg said. A significant example of cooperation is the current crisis between Israel and Hamas, where Stoltenberg emphasized the need for a unified stance among NATO members in calling for greater protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.

By rallying support for a common cause, authoritarian states seek to evoke the moral authority traditionally recognized by Western democracies, further blurring the lines between friend and foe in the international arena.

In this context, the role of international alliances such as NATO is becoming increasingly important for safe enviroment. Stoltenberg's call for greater cooperation with countries that are not members of the Alliance, such as Japan and South Korea, highlights the need for a united response to the increasingly aggressive aggressiveness of authoritarian powers.

By expanding its reach beyond traditional allies, NATO aims to strengthen its collective defense capabilities and preserve the principles of democracy and individual freedoms in the face of growing challenges. Central to this consideration is the current crisis in Ukraine, where Stoltenberg has been actively engaged in rallying support for the crippled nation.

His efforts to secure financial aid for Ukraine illustrate NATO's commitment to standing with its partners in the face of external aggression. However, Stoltenberg's acknowledgment of the need for compromise raises difficult questions about the limits of international intervention and the delicate balance between sovereignty and collective security.

The situation in Ukraine also highlights the wider geopolitical consequences of the authoritarian alliance. As Russia continues to assert its influence in Eastern Europe, the specter of conflict looms large, posing a direct challenge to the stability of the region.

"Ukraine must be the one to decide what kind of compromises it is ready for, and we must enable it to be in a position to really achieve an acceptable result at the negotiating table," said NATO's first man Jens Stoltenber.

In addition, Stoltenberg's cautious stance on the possible return of former US President Donald Trump to the White House highlights the complexity of transatlantic relations. However, Stoltenberg refused to say whether he is worried about the possible return of Donald Trump to the White House, saying only that he is sure that the US will always be an important ally, whoever the president is.

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