Regular Defence Ministers Meeting, october 2020
On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of October 2020 NATO defence ministers met virtually to address key issues for the Alliance.
The first day ministers discussed burden sharing, strengthening of deterrence and defence, resilience and civil preparedness. In the discussion about progress on burden sharing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed out the continuation of the positive trend in Allied efforts, which has to be maintained despite challenging circumstances of the pandemic.
Regarding the NATO's deterrence and defence posture NATO is adopting political decisions that will require additional funds and continued progress in enhancing readiness and responsiveness of forces. In the framework of further implementation of NATO's comprehensive Space Policy, ministers agreed to establish a new NATO Space Centre, in order to adapt to current security challenges, also in the context of emerging and disruptive technologies. Ministers also discussed how to enhance resilience, response to Russian missile challenge, cyber defence and Framework for the South. Additionally ministers supported efforts and proposals of Secretary General Stoltenberg for de-confliction mechanism to avoid incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The second day ministers focussed their discussion on NATO's operations and missions, especially Afghanistan and Iraq. NATO remains committed to ensuring long-term security in Afghanistan and NATO's presence will be adjusted in coordinated manner, based on conditions on the ground. In Iraq NATO supports the Iraqi forces in the fight against terrorism, so they are able to prevent return of Daesh.
Ministers took stock of NATO achievements in the field of Women, Peace and Security, to mark the twenty years since United Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted. They also discussed the past achievements and ways to promote this important topic in the future.
On this occasion the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia Matej Tonin also signed a Letter of intent a multinational initiative for developing very short range, short range and medium range Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) capabilities.