A CONVERSATION WITH PRIME MINISTER OF THE NETHERLANDS MARK RUTTE - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and simultaneous upending of the transatlantic security order have both reinvigorated the Western alliance and prompted a rethink of Europe as a geopolitical actor. In the shadow of Russia’s war, leaders across Europe have rapidly revisited their dependence on Russian energy, recommitted to NATO and their defense capabilities, initiated historic sanctions packages against the Russian regime, and provided significant and ongoing military support for Ukraine.
The Netherlands, in cooperation with its transatlantic allies, has been a leader in this space, both in supporting Ukraine and reinforcing the transatlantic community’s defense capabilities. However, as Russian forces continue to bombard Ukrainian cities and infrastructure, the largest conflict in Europe since World War II is far from over. Russia’s invasion has also highlighted the strategic importance of issues including energy and trade, as energy security, critical supply chains, and international trade become increasingly connected with national security.
Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Rutte – a 2019 Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awardee – joined the Atlantic Council during his visit to the United States to share his perspective on Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, the future of the transatlantic alliance, and maintaining unity in the face of mounting global challenges.
This event was hosted in partnership with Georgetown University.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 01/17/23