The NATO Summit held in July 2018 in Brussels provided an opportunity to its member states to evaluate their intergovernmental military alliance. The Summit was aimed at revitalizing counter strategies to repel any possible Russian aggression through deterrence and defense. While taking the stock of their cooperation and progress on the last two Summits held in 2016 and 2017, it decided to step up the fight against terrorism. The NATO members also agreed on ensuring fairer burden-sharing among all allies.
The joint declaration signed between the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and President European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker stated that NATO and the European Union would further strengthen their cooperation in a range of areas, including military mobility, counter-terrorism, and resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks. They would work harder to promote women empowerment, peace and security agenda.