As the world retreats due to coronavirus, NATO is still holding meetings
After a routine Wednesday meeting of NATO ambassadors and senior leadership packed 150 people into a room, at least one ambassador was seeking coronavirus testing to be made available to delegations, according to two senior NATO diplomats familiar with the worries. The diplomats spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose health concerns within the alliance.
The stiff-upper-lip style has been pushed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who Thursday said that the alliance needed to continue to project strength throughout the pandemic.
He did, however, conduct the news conference via Skype, a first, to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
NATO has struggled with how to balance health precautions with its need to carry on with its daily business of protecting its 29 member nations. There are currently significant NATO military operations in Eastern Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, all of which require monitoring and maintenance …continued .