Boris Johnson, who attended the summit, insisted Nato did not want a new Cold War with China.
The Prime Minister said: “I don’t think anybody around the table today wants to descend into a new Cold War with China. “I think people see challenges, they see things that we have to manage together.”
“But they also see opportunities and I think that what we need to do is do it together.”
Mr Johnson added that US President Joe Biden will meet Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday and would be taking some “pretty tough messages” to the Russian leader.
He said: “I’m always hopeful that things will improve with Russia but… I’m afraid that so far it’s been pretty disappointing from the UK point of view.”
Mr Stoltenberg also said that the Nato community’s “relations with Russia are at the lowest point since cold war”.
Mr Biden said his fellow Nato members backed his decision to hold a face-to-face meeting with the Russian president on Wednesday.
The US president said he would make clear to Mr Putin, whom he called a bright, tough and “worthy adversary”, that there are “areas where we can cooperate, if he chooses”.
“And if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past relative to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond. We will respond in kind,” Mr Biden said.
Responding to the summit, Tobias Ellwood, Chairman of the Defence Select Committee, said he welcomed “Nato’s continued engagement in the policy areas of hybrid threats, cyber and Space”. “These are areas of increasing importance which the Defence Committee intends to explore within this Parliament,” he said.
Meanwhile Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, hit out at the gathering yesterday, resurrecting his old grievance with the transatlantic alliance which he claimed was frittering away US taxpayers’ money.
“So much USA money has been given away to the ‘Club,’ as President Macron of France likes to call it, and to NATO, despite the fact that those countries have taken economic advantage of the United States for many years—until I came along,” the former president said. “Not fair to America, or the American taxpayer!”
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