NATO Secretary General Visits Canada

(NATO) NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Canada on Monday 23 March 2015.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Mr. Stoltenberg will have meetings with the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, and the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Jason Kenney.

Many important issues will most likely be discussed:

  • Canada’s Defence spending—currently under 2% of GDP
  • Contribution to Operation REASSURANCE
  • Training mission in Iraq and anti-ISIS efforts
  • Economic sanctions against Russian individuals
  • The situation in Ukraine
  • Russia’s recent military drills near the Baltic States allies

In fact, Canada has been a strong supporter of a NATO presence in Eastern Europe. Since May 2014, Canada has been deploying troops in Eastern Europe. These troops have been participating in almost every multinational exercises.

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, has been clear about Canada’s support to NATO:

“NATO has truly been the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic defence and has shaped the architecture of international security. It’s been the model of mutual cooperation and it stands as the finest example of what can be achieved when nations work together and prioritize interoperable, deployable and flexible forces.”

Nevertheless, these meetings will further increase the strong bond between Canada and NATO.

More details will be available after the meetings and we will keep you updated.

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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.