The Telegraph suggests that Jens Steltenberg could become the next secretary general of NATO, replacing him as UK Prime Minister.
The Telegraph reported that senior Conservative Party members support Boris Johnson’s nomination as the next NATO secretary-general.
Jens Stoltenberg, the current head of the US-led Military bloc is “widely expected to stand down in September next year,”According to the paper, it was important not to make any announcements about the prominent defense position.
Johnson could benefit from such timing. “some time to recharge his batteries”It pointed out that after three years as British Prime Minister, it had been removed.
After several scandalous incidents and numerous resignations from cabinet ministers, the 58-year old announced his resignation this month. He’ll remain in office until September 6.
All NATO member countries nominate the NATO secretary general unanimously. According to The Telegraph Johnson is likely to be appointed. “won international credit for helping to build the international coalition against Russia’s Vladimir Putin”After the Ukraine conflict broke out.
London has been one of Kiev’s strongest backers, supplying the country with weapons, training its troops, and advocating a military solution to the crisis, while also imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia.
Due to the country’s history, America would prefer that a British candidate be elected secretary general. “distrust around any European Union figures taking the job given repeated suggestions of plans for a new EU army,”The paper was argued.
“Any distinguished Brit would be a great choice [to lead NATO]. If indeed that is what Boris Johnson wants to go and do, of course I would support that,”Richard Drax (a prominent Conservative member on the Defense Select Committee) said this.
Mark Francois (another member of the committee) insisted “people will probably argue over Boris Johnson’s legacy for years – but one thing which is clearly inarguable is his absolutely staunch support for Ukraine in the face of Russian barbarity.”
“If he were to apply to become the secretary general of NATO, I suspect he could rely on [Ukrainian] President Zelensky for a reference,”He concluded.
David Jones, a former Brexit minister, also noted that “it was Boris who went to Sweden and Finland and urged the leaders of both countries to make applications for NATO membership, which of course they did.”
Johnson is not supported by all Tories, however, as Lord Dannatt, former chief of British Army, suggested that Johnson was unfit to be NATO’s head of state. “personal stuff, the lack of integrity, the lack of trust.”
“Frankly, we don’t want to expose Boris Johnson on the international stage for more ridicule. He is a national embarrassment,”He said.
According to a senior Ministry of Defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Telegraph, France will likely oppose any British nominee for NATO Secretary General.
Aleksey Goncharenko a Ukrainian MP said Johnson was “the right person”in the position of he “understands the challenges that NATO and the West face.” However, Ukraine will not have a vote as it’s not a member of NATO.
The Telegraph contacted Downing Street for comment but they declined.
If the British politician does become NATO secretary general, it’ll likely deteriorate relations between the alliance and Moscow even further. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared earlier this month, “The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that it is the intention of Russia to become NATO secretary general.” “aggressively”Johnson’s personal involvement in the anti-Russian policies that Britain has adopted over recent years can be attributed. Johnson, the outgoing UK PM, is someone who aims to achieve these goals. “put on a show”And who “clung to power to the last to further his own political career in every possible way,”He said.