NATO will show great demonstration of strength, says Portuguese admiral

“In military terms, what I can say is that we will have, from the Madrid summit onwards, a great demonstration of the strength of the Atlantic Alliance in terms of its cohesion and what are the structuring documents to build an auspicious future for this extraordinary alliance which has been extremely relevant in terms of peace guarantees on the European continent,” he said.  [Pavlo Lys/Shutterstock]

The Atlantic Alliance will show a great demonstration of strength towards building an auspicious future, Portuguese Admiral and Chief of General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces Silva Ribeiro said on Tuesday.

“In military terms, what I can say is that we will have, from the Madrid summit onwards, a great demonstration of the strength of the Atlantic Alliance in terms of its cohesion and what are the structuring documents to build an auspicious future for this extraordinary alliance which has been extremely relevant in terms of peace guarantees on the European continent,” he said.

Ribeiro spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the 1st seminar on Innovation in the Armed Forces, organised by the military general staff (EMGFA) at the Military University Institute in Lisbon.

The CEMGFA highlighted the importance of this summit – scheduled for 29 and 30 June in Madrid – considering it to be “perhaps one of the most relevant since the beginning of the 21st century.

“Insofar as a new strategic concept will be approved that comes at a time when we have a conflict in Europe and, therefore, it is a strategic concept that gives not only a vision of what the future of NATO will be, but it is also an extremely relevant summit to highlight a fundamental aspect to the functioning of the Atlantic Alliance, which is cohesion among allies,” he added.

When asked if defence should have a larger budget in the next state budget, given the context of the conflict in Ukraine, Silva Ribeiro considered that Portugal has made “a progressive path” towards meeting NATO’s goals.

The admiral said that NATO countries are “also making an effort to respond to the Welsh Summit’s objective of 2 per cent investment in defence.”

When asked by journalists whether he expected the government to invest more in defence in the next budget, Silva Ribeiro replied that “these are political decisions,” guaranteeing that “the armed forces will carry out their missions with the dignity and relevance that is customary with the resources that are placed at their disposal.”

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