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Stoltenberg warns against dependency on China

STORY: Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference, Stoltenberg said that the war in Ukraine and the reliance on Russian gas should lead to an assessment of dependencies on authoritarian states.

"I still believe that we benefit from free trade, but we need to realize that when we engage economically with authoritarian powers like Russia on gas or like with China on some critical commodities, rare earth minerals, for instance, it has consequences for our securities," said Stoltenberg.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 has lead to an increased effort by NATO to strengthen its Eastern Flank and support Eastern European allies.