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5/24, 11:56 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Freedom more important than free trade - Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday that free trade "has brought a lot of prosperity" but that trade with authoritarian regimes undermines security. He pointed out Russia's energy exports which help fund its operations in Ukraine, as well as China, which "does not share our values and undermines the rules based on international order."

"We should not trade long-term security needs for short-term economic interests," Stoltenberg insisted, adding that "freedom is more important than free trade." He also expressed confidence Sweden and Finland will be able to join NATO and that the alliance "will be able to find a way to address all allies' security concerns and welcome NATO's closest partners into our family of free nations."

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