NATO extends Jens Stoltenberg's term as secretary-general another year

NATO Secretary-Typical Jens Stoltenberg provides a information convention at the conclude of an remarkable NATO summit at the alliance headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph by Stephanie Lecocq/EPA-EFE

March 24 (UPI) — North Atlantic Treaty Firm member states agreed Thursday to increase Secretary-Typical Jens Stoltenberg’s expression another year amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

His second 4-calendar year expression was set to expire Sept. 30, but leaders voted to increase the mandate to Sept. 30, 2023.

“Honored by the final decision of NATO heads of point out and government to increase my phrase as secretary-common until 30 September 2023,” the former Norwegian key minister tweeted. “As we confront the biggest safety crisis in a technology, we stand united to preserve our Alliance solid and our people today safe and sound.”

The final decision came amid an emergency NATO assembly in Brussels Thursday to talk about Russia’s monthlong war on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has continuously questioned for admittance to the military services alliance from Russia’s wishes, top to the invasion.

Zelensky spoke to NATO members gathered in Brussels by online video on Thursday and questioned for a lot more armed forces help, which includes tanks and jets, to assist fend off the Russian attacks.

U.S. President Joe Biden praised Stoltenberg for foremost NATO through the stability disaster made by Russia along the alliance’s eastern flanks.

“NATO Secretary-Typical Jens Stoltenberg has completed a outstanding work foremost and strengthening our Alliance — specially through this vital instant for intercontinental stability,” Biden tweeted Thursday. “I welcome the extension of his tenure and appear ahead to working carefully jointly in the yr forward.”

Ukrainian support customers stand beside a harmed setting up in a household location soon after shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 18. Picture by Vladyslav Musiienko/UPI | License Photograph