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Dendias: NATO Needs to Maintain Technological Defense Edge

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias makes a statement with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama after their meeting in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

ATHENS -- Greece "warmly welcomes" the NATO 2030 reflection process and development of constructive proposals to maintain NATO's unity and political role, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said during his intervention at the 66th plenary session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Thursday.

Addressing the teleconference, Dendias underlined the need for NATO to strike a balance between responding to increasing global challenges and the danger of becoming overstretched and inefficient.

Among his suggestions were ensuring the alliance's technological edge - "increasingly challenged by both state and non-state actors," as he said - and preserving and sustaining defence spending, an obligation to NATO that Greece is maintaining despite tight budgets.

Security problems can be addressed by concerted responses, he said, adding that "in this context, we believe it is necessary to keep engaging in a dual-track policy of collective defence and meaningful dialogue with Russia." In addition, the alliance he stressed should "work on bringing China into international arms control efforts."

Referring to migrant flows as "new sources of instability," Dendias said that NATO’s activity in the Aegean provides a sustained deterring presence, and he called on alliance members to contribute more actively to that, as "a long overdue minimum signal of solidarity to Greece."