OREANDA-NEWS NATO needs to properly and realistically reflect the new situation in the field of security in its future strategic concept, starting from the definition of Russia as the main threat to the alliance, said President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Gazeta.ru reported.

According to him, the strategic concept should give priority to collective defense and strengthen the North Atlantic Alliance at all levels for NATO to be able to respond to all challenges of the present and the future.

Johannis also underscored the need for a stronger allied presence in Eastern Europe, particularly near the Black Sea.

The meeting was also attended by heads of state and government from Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanne Marin had earlier said that the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO could "stand still" if an agreement with Turkey is not reached before the alliance's summit in Madrid.