We are not going to participate in military ops — Santos on Colombia's NATO partnership

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (Spanish): “The fact is that not everyone understands what kind of relations we are building with NATO. We are not going to become a member of NATO. It is about entering the category, which is called…” Rafael Correa, host, former President of Ecuador (Spanish): “Global partner.” Santos: “Global partner. Some even declared that we wanted to use NATO to... Еще attack some other country. No, this is not a part of our cooperation agreement. It is not about bringing NATO to Latin America, but about using the positive experience of this alliance, taking over this experience and giving our armed forces, that have already ceased to participate in this war, a modern vision of what the army can do, for example, participating in peacekeeping missions in other parts of the world, carrying out activities aimed at spreading peace, not war.” Rafael Correa, host, former President of Ecuador (Spanish): “But you, of course, know that the status of a global partner means strategic cooperation with NATO and that NATO has not always been striving for peace, including by violating the resolutions of the United Nations, bombing Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, and NATO's global partners are implicated in that.” Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (Spanish): “The fact is that this partnership, the status of a global partner does not force us to participate in any military operations. That is, we will not participate in military operations, and are not required to do so.” The former President of Ecuador and RT host, Rafael Correa, and outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos discussed Colombia’s recent decision to become a partner of NATO during an interview broadcast on RT. Santos explained that Colombia was not becoming a full member of NATO but was “entering the category, which is called Global Partner.» He then added that “the status of a global partner does not force us to participate in any military operations.”

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