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The White House has denied accusations of trying to create an analogue of NATO in Asia

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The invitation of allies from the Asia-Pacific region to the NATO summit in Madrid does not mean attempts to create an analogue of the North Atlantic Alliance. Such a statement on Thursday, June 23, was made by the coordinator for strategic communications at the US National Security Council, John Kirby.

For the first time, representatives of Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea are expected to be invited as invited delegates to the NATO summit. However, the White House assured that this does not indicate the desire of the United States to organize a “light version” of the Alliance in the Asia-Pacific region, reports TASS.

According to Kirby, the invitation of the leaders of the Asia-Pacific countries to the NATO summit is a confirmation of the ties between Europe and the region in the context of global security.

The 36th NATO Summit will be held in Madrid on 29 and 30 June. One of the main tasks on its agenda is the adoption of a new strategic concept for the North Atlantic Alliance. The summit participants will also discuss the situation in Ukraine and new parameters for deploying forces in Europe. Along with representatives of NATO countries, politicians from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea will take part in the summit.

This provoked reports that NATO is trying to stretch “its tentacles” from the Atlantic to the Asia-Pacific region and trying to form a “circle” in Asiawhich will be directed against Russia and China.

The US Secretary of Defense has said that Washington does not seek a new cold war, “Asian NATO or a region fragmented into hostile blocs”. However, the head of the Pentagon stressed the readiness of the United States to defend its interests in the Asia-Pacific region without hesitation, which Washington considers a “center of strategic gravity” in the 21st century.

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