Russian Envoy: NATO’s new chief won’t alter Ukraine policy

The appointment of Rutte, who recently lost a national election in the Netherlands, was approved by envoys from all 32 NATO countries at a North Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels.

Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Tokovinin has stated that NATO’s incoming Secretary General, Mark Rutte, is unlikely to change the alliance’s stance on Ukraine. In an interview with Rossiya-24 television, Tokovinin offered insights into the expected policy direction under Rutte’s leadership.

The ambassador emphasized the United States’ significant role in shaping NATO’s policy, suggesting that the secretary general’s position is largely influenced by Washington’s priorities. Tokovinin highlighted that Rutte’s selection was partially due to his background.

While acknowledging the secretary general’s role in shaping alliance policy, Tokovinin cautioned against overestimating its significance. He suggested that American advisors working at the NATO headquarters may have more impact on the way the bloc operates.

The appointment of Rutte, who recently lost a national election in the Netherlands, was approved by envoys from all 32 NATO countries at a North Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels. Rutte will succeed Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg, who holds the record as NATO’s longest-serving chief, having led the alliance for over a decade.

This transition comes at a critical time for NATO, as the alliance continues to navigate its response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and broader geopolitical challenges. Rutte’s appointment and the Russian perspective on NATO’s policy direction underscore the complex dynamics at play in international security relations.

As Rutte prepares to take the helm of NATO for the next five years, the international community will be watching closely to see how the alliance’s policies and strategies may evolve under his leadership, particularly concerning its approach to Eastern Europe and relations with Russia.