PM assertion on NATO’s seventy fifth anniversary

In 1949, within the hope of avoiding one other devastating battle, the UK joined along with a handful of allies to signal the North Atlantic Treaty and pledge that we might at all times come to 1 one other’s defence.

75 years later, NATO has grow to be essentially the most profitable alliance the world has ever recognized – and it continues to develop in dimension and energy. The 12 founding members have now been joined by 20 others, together with Finland and Sweden, bringing collectively 3.5 million uniformed personnel in our collective defence.

The UK has been on the coronary heart of NATO because the begin. Immediately, confronted with new threats in Europe, we proceed to guide – by our unimaginable Armed Forces, our rising funding in defence, and our utter dedication to face by Ukraine – which has strengthened allied unity like by no means earlier than. I say it as soon as once more: Ukraine’s rightful place is in NATO. 

This anniversary is the second to resume our historic pledge to this Alliance and to say that regardless of who assessments us, we is not going to waiver. Within the phrases of the Treaty we signed 75 years in the past, we’ll proceed to unite in our efforts “for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and safety” – as a result of that is what retains the British folks secure, now and for a few years to return.

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