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UK Foreign Secretary underscores commitment to NATO

  • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Italy hosts its second Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome where the main topics expected to be discussed are security, terrorism, stability and economy in the Middle East and Northern African region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Italy hosts its second Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome where the main topics expected to be discussed are security, terrorism, stability and economy in the Middle East and Northern African region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaks to the media during a press conference after a meeting with his Cyprus' counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides at the foreign house in capital Nicosia in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Britain's foreign secretary says the U.K.'s support for Cyprus amid talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island remains "rock solid." Johnson is in Cyprus for three-days official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaks to the media during a press conference after a meeting with his Cyprus' counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides at the foreign house in capital Nicosia in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Britain's foreign secretary says the U.K.'s support for Cyprus amid talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island remains "rock solid." Johnson is in Cyprus for three-days official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Italy hosts its second Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome where the main topics expected to be discussed are security, terrorism, stability and economy in the Middle East and Northern African region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Italy hosts its second Mediterranean Dialogues Summit in Rome where the main topics expected to be discussed are security, terrorism, stability and economy in the Middle East and Northern African region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is using his first major policy address to underscore his country's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Johnson is set to address the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Friday and say that the West must remain tough with Russia — but that it must be prepared to talk.

He will also say that the world is "struggling against non-state actors who view the whole concept of a global liberal order with contempt," and the intensity of the challenge means we need to "to defend and preserve the best of the rules-based international order."

Johnson concedes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has a point about members making a greater contribution to the cost of their defense, but insists Britain's attachment to the alliance is unbreakable.

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