Japan and NATO plan to further strengthen their partnership over shared concerns about Russia’s growing military co-operation with China.
NATO, Japan to strengthen ties amid ‘historic’ threat
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and Japanese premier Fumio Kishida have pledged to strengthen ties, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its growing military co-operation with China had created the most tense security environment since World War II.
The comments came in a statement issued during Stoltenberg’s trip to Japan following a visit to South Korea on which he urged Seoul to increase military support to Ukraine and gave similar warnings about rising tension with China.
“The world is at a historical inflection point in the most severe and complex security environment since the end of World War II,” the two leaders said on Tuesday.
It also raised concerns about Russia’s nuclear threats, joint military drills between Russia and China near Japan, and North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.