The future role of NATO

The DP parliamentary group recently requested a ‘topical hour’ on NATO. Our foreign policy spokesman Gusty Graas spoke about NATO as a defence community whose task is by no means to wage offensive wars. Our MP also shed light on the tensions between NATO and Russia. The annexation of Crimea in 2014 or the more recent case of the opposition politician Alexei Nawalny would regularly lead to problems in the cooperation between NATO and Russia. Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe has also been repeatedly called into question in recent years.

More recently, Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a cause for concern. This is an escalation the likes of which has not been seen for 20 years. It is therefore time to look at the security order in Europe. Several countries in the West have already reacted.

The DP fully supports the ongoing diplomatic efforts. In the meantime, our country must think about increasing its NATO contribution of 0.7% of GDP. NATO is currently working on a new concept in which Luxembourg must participate.

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