NATO conference: Alliance faces uncertainty and numerous threats

On Thursday 23 November, the 21st International Parliamentary NATO Conference was held in Budapest, during which current security threats to the Euro-Atlantic region were discussed. Above all, migration, terrorism, cybersecurity and hybrid threats along with information warfare were emphasized.

The latter threats were mentioned particularly in relation to the current conflict in the Eastern Ukraine. Russian propaganda has been described by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's vice-president, Rasa Juknevičienė, as a Russian attempt to weaken Euro-Atlantic security and the threat posed by Russian interference in Western elections was also recalled. Hungarian representatives stressed that the long-standing Ukrainian conflict also contributes to the rise of Ukrainian nationalism, reflected also in the support for the new Ukrainian Education Act, which disadvantages minorities studying in their mother tongue- a particular concern to Hungary because of the numerous Hungarian minority living in Zakarpatia Oblast. Budapest also welcomed NATO's decision to strengthen its role in the fight against international terrorism and promised to increase the presence of its soldiers in Iraq by 30 %, to 200 men.

About author: Jonáš Vlk


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