Stoltenberg criticizes Trump’s statements regarding NATO NATO News
The Secretary-General of NATO said that any attack on the military alliance would be met with a “unified” response.
Senior Western officials criticized the former US president Donald Trump After suggesting that the United States may not protect NATO allies that do not spend enough on defense from a possible Russian invasion.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a written statement that “any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the United States, and exposes American and European soldiers to increased danger.”
He added, “Any attack on NATO will be met with a unified and strong response.”
On Saturday, at a political rally in the US state of South Carolina, Trump, who is likely to be the Republican nominee in this year’s US presidential election, said that as president, he warned NATO allies that he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever they want.” “Hell” in “delinquent” countries.
Trump’s comments come as Ukraine remains overwhelmed in its efforts to stave off a 2022 Russian invasion, and with Republicans in the US Congress growing skeptical of providing additional aid money to the country as it grapples with stalled counterattacks and weapons shortages.
Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kuciniak-Kamisz also commented on Trump’s comments.
NATO’s motto “One for all, all for one” is a concrete commitment. “Undermining the credibility of allied countries means weakening the entire NATO,” he wrote on the social media platform X.
NATO’s motto “One for all, all for one” constitutes a concrete commitment. Undermining the credibility of allied countries means weakening NATO as a whole. No election campaign can be considered an excuse to manipulate the security of the coalition.
– Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz (@KosiniakKamysz) February 11, 2024
European Council President Charles Michel said: “Reckless statements about NATO security and Article 5 solidarity only serve the interest of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”
Article 5 of the NATO Treaty states that any armed attack against one member of the Alliance is an attack against all of them, resulting in collective self-defence.
During the political rally on Saturday, Trump appeared to recount a meeting with NATO leaders, and quoted the president of an unnamed “big country” as saying: “Well, sir, if we don’t pay, we will.” I was attacked by Russia – will you protect us?”
I said: Why did you pay? Are you a delinquent? He said: Yes, suppose that happened. No, I won’t protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You have to pay.”
“We’ve heard that before…there’s nothing new under the sun,” EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said in an interview with French LCI television.
“Maybe he has problems with his memory. She was actually president, not of a country, but of the European Union,” Breton said, referring to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the conversation she had with Trump in 2020.
“We cannot flip a coin on our security every four years depending on this or that election, specifically the US presidential election,” Breton said, adding that EU leaders realize that the bloc needs to boost its spending and military capabilities.
Asked about Trump’s comments, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: “Encouraging murderous regimes’ invasions of our closest allies is horrifying and disruptive — and puts America’s national security, global stability, and our economy at home at risk.”
In a statement issued on Saturday, Betts said current US President Joe Biden, a Democrat seeking re-election in November, restored US alliances after taking office in 2021, ensuring that NATO was now “the largest and most vibrant it has ever been”. .
“Instead of calling for wars and promoting dysfunctional chaos, President Biden will continue to strengthen American leadership and defend our national security interests — not against them,” Bates said.
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