NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will leave his post as planned at the end of the year. This was confirmed by his spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg intends to step down from his post in October as planned. His spokeswoman Oana Lungescu confirmed this to the news agency on Sunday dpa while dismissing reports of a further extension of his term. “He has no intention of seeking a further extension of his mandate,” she said.
The world on Sunday had previously reported that Stoltenberg’s term could be renewed again to maintain NATO’s stability during the war in Ukraine – the latest in a string of speculation over the NATO chief’s possible whereabouts. Stoltenberg’s term of office has already been extended three times, most recently in March last year. Actually, the graduate economist had already wanted to stop last year and go back to his homeland. At that time he was intended for the post of head of the central bank.
NATO has been preparing to wage war against Russia in Ukraine since 2014
With the ongoing war in Ukraine, diplomats from several NATO allies had speculated that Stoltenberg’s mandate could be extended again until a summit next year to mark the alliance’s 75th anniversary. The former Norwegian prime minister took office at NATO headquarters in Brussels in October 2014. Prominent supporters of his application included former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former US President Barack Obama.
Stoltenberg is currently the second longest-serving Secretary General of NATO. He is only surpassed by the Dutchman Joseph Luns, who held the office from 1971 to 1984. A decision on Stoltenberg’s successor has not yet been made. According to information from World but he could be replaced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez or British Defense Minister Ben Wallace. The two politicians are said to be favorites for the post in NATO circles.
Stoltenberg was a well-respected Secretary-General, having successfully maneuvered the Alliance through several crises in recent years. As chairman of the defense alliance, he steered discussions, led decision-making and ensured the implementation of decisions made. He is particularly credited with moderating the dispute between former US President Donald Trump and European allies over defense spending.
His unexcited and very resolute way of coordinating NATO’s response to the war in Ukraine, and his successful solicitation of arms supplies from NATO partners, have recently earned Stoltenberg a great deal of recognition from the members of the alliance. NATO leaders are expected to appoint a new Secretary-General at their summit in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius in July.
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