North Atlantic Treaty Organisation stands by all allies: official says


"Arizona Sen. McCain, in a tweet on Wednesday, chastised the president for his remarks, saying that "#Putin will do anything to shatter the transatlantic alliance" in a tweet that pointed to an editorial he wrote about the Montenegro coup plot that was first published past year in USA Today.

The Polish government recently presented Trump with a formal proposal to move USA troops from Stuttgart, Germany, to a new permanent US military base in Poland. So let's say Montenegro, which joined past year, is attacked: Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack? "Now I understand that. but that's the way it was set up". "I've asked the same question". Any real threat would require Montenegro to pair up with someone much stronger - say, Russian Federation - and to serve as a base for their forces.

Carlson: "And I'm not against Montenegro".

TRUMP: No. By the way, they're very strong people. "They are very aggressive people. They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you are in World War Three".

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SRDJAN DARMANOVIC: Thank you. "We need to strength our aliance by investing more, and I will contineu to call on all allies to do that".

SHAPIRO: How did you react to this exchange?

We can see that, the average military expenditures of NATO European nations and Canada have not been raised in recent years, but have shown a continuous decline.

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He noted that Trump's personal desire for a relationship with Putin seemed to be the critical driver of the decision to host the Russian president in the fall at the White House.

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DARMANOVIC: I don't believe it is about Montenegro. "He spoke on 2% on financing and contributing to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and Montenegro was just picked up as an example - maybe because we are one of the tiniest countries in the alliance", the foreign minister said. So maybe the example was not the best or the fairest, but we find that it doesn't jeopardize our friendship and alliance with the United States.

DARMANOVIC:.As unconditional and rock-solid.

More specifically, he was asked about Article 5, the organisation's joint defence agreement, which basically says that if any of the 29 countries in NATO get attacked by an outsider, the rest will jump in to defend it. "I think President Trump actually did not speak on Montenegro".

DARMANOVIC: Probably he referred to our history. Montenegro, which means "Black Mountain", does boast of a heroic warring tradition forged over centuries of conquest and contemporary conflicts in the troubled Balkans. Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro.

SHAPIRO: Well, then it sounds like he wasn't just choosing any country at random, that he actually does have something specific in mind. Why should Germany - a country that spends just 1.24 percent of its gross domestic product on defense - continue to be rewarded with the economic benefit of USA bases? They insisted that he must change his policies and stop creating tensions, racism, and humiliating manners in dealing with the other countries.

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