China and Russia are at the forefront of an authoritarian pushback against rules-based international order, says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg said this at a press conference in Brussels on Monday ahead of the defence ministerial set to be held February 17-18.
He has suggested increasing NATO's funding for core deterrence and defence activities that would support Allied deployments in battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, air policing, maritime deployments and exercises.
"We also need to take a more global approach to deal with global challenges," the NATO chief asserted.
He added that he would propose to strengthen training and capacity building for partner countries in the neighbourhood of the Alliance "because prevention is better than intervention."
"China and Russia are at the forefront of an authoritarian pushback against rules-based international order," Stoltenberg stressed.
He also said that NATO should enhance its political dialogue and practical cooperation with like-minded partners to promote its values and protect its interests.