Earlier in the day, EU leaders gathered for an in-person summit in Brussels to discuss the recovery plan for the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget.
NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Friday that the bloc has had to adjust itself amid the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure the health crisis does not become a security crisis.
“NATO’s main task is to make sure that health crisis the COVID-19 crisis does not become a security crisis, and we have been able to do that,” he told BBC Radio.
“Of course we have adjusted some of the ways we do our activities… but the main message is that we have been able to uphold deterrence defence, our operational presence, throughout the pandemic.”
Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, NATO alliance conducted its annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise last month, a massive war drill involving 19 different navies.