NATO allies need to stand united against challenges — French Pres.

PARIS, June 3 (KUNA) — President Franأ§ois Hollande on Friday stressed the need for the NATO member states to remain united and maintain their solidarity in the face of the mounting challenges.
The Alliance doesn’t want to make enemies, it rather needs to adapt to the security needs of its member countries, Hollande said in a press release following his meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, now on a visit to France.
On the deployment of the NATO missile defense system in Eastern European countries, he said the move doesn’t target Russia and is unlikely to affect the Russian deterrence capabilities.
The missile defense system aims primarily to protect the NATO allies against potential threats, the French leader explained.
Regarding the terrorist threats from the Middle East and North Africa region, he said the transatlantic Alliance can by no means intervene in everywhere; this is not its mission. However, the Alliance can provide support for countries that seek help, he added.
During their meeting earlier today, the NATO chief and Hollande discussed the current security challenges and the agenda of the coming NATO Summit, due in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8-9, 2016.
Stoltenberg commended France for being “a strong NATO Ally, building security in Europe and beyond – from Mali to Syria.” The anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, developed by the United States, is designed to counter ballistic missiles carrying conventional or unconventional warheads. In early 2010, NATO acquired the first phase of its initial missile defense capability to protect Alliance forces against ballistic missile threats. Russia was angered by the move and deemed it hostile and provocative. (end) mmb.gb