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NATO’s Stoltenberg Signals He Won’t Extend Term as Secretary General

Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, signaled he will step down when his term ends in early October, despite reports that several of the military alliance’s member states have urged him to stay on.

The U.S. and Germany are among the countries that have asked Stoltenberg, who is leading the alliance’s talks with Russia over its military buildup near Ukraine, to remain in the job, Norwegian newspapers have reported without citing anyone. Stoltenberg, whose mandate has already been extended, is vying for the job of Norway’s next central bank governor, though he has pledged to serve out his term at NATO.