He will take up this post in the summer.

The NATO Council approved the appointment of American General Christopher Cavoli as Commander-in-chief of the alliance’s armed forces in Europe. This is stated in a statement issued by NATO on Friday.

“The North Atlantic Council has approved the appointment of General Christopher Cavoli (USA) to the post of Commander-in-chief of the alliance’s forces in Europe,” the statement said. Cavoli will assume this post in the summer after the completion of the procedure for approving his candidacy at the national level of each of the alliance countries. He will replace another American General, Tod Wolters.

The post of commander-in-chief of NATO forces in Europe has traditionally been assigned to U.S. generals, since Washington does not intend to transfer its units located in Europe under the command of generals from EU countries.