According to CBC, Chrystia Freiland, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister could succeed Jens Stoltenberg in NATO secretary general.
According to CBC, Chrystia, the Canadian Finance Minister, and Deputy PM Chrystia, is among those likely to succeed NATO Secretary General Jens Steltenberg. He is retiring next year.
Freeland, an ethnic Ukrainian national, has yet to make any formal statements about the issue. However, CBC cited “at least four different sources” who said that the official’s name had been tossed around for several months in international defense and security circles who were eyeing to replace Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg’s term, which has been at the head of NATO since 2014 was due to expire on September 30. However, it was extended to 2023 during conflict in Ukraine.
According to NATO senior sources, the search for his replacement began in 2020’s early parts. Freeland is reported to still be around “the middle of the pack”There are many women that could take over the leadership of the US-led military bloc.
“There are several very qualified women out there who would be very good candidates,”A NATO top official said to CBC that the condition of anonymity was a concern. “It seems there is some momentum for a woman to be the next [secretary general].”
According to an article by Politico published last year, Brussels is also considering three former presidents of NATO states, namely Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia, Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, and Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia. Sources in Brussels have told CBC that Freeland’s name appeared on the list of candidates last fall.
Freeland claims to have a deep understanding of Eastern European history and politics. “the inner workings of the Kremlin”According to reports, she speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian as well as French, Spanish and Italian. This could make her an ideal candidate in the midst of increasing tensions between Russia and the West.