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UK News NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

15:40  02 december  2019
15:40  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by Associated Press NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders will gather in London on Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself.

As thousands of troops stand ready along Europe’s eastern flank to deter Russia — the reason the trans-Atlantic alliance was founded in 1949 — or help keep the peace in places like Afghanistan and Kosovo, the leaders of countries with NATO’s largest armies are wildly taking pot shots at each other.

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NATO leaders meet this week in London to mark the 70th anniversary of the Alliance. It comes as the transatlantic Alliance faces mounting pressure for NATO was created at the beginning of the Cold War with the idea of protecting the West against the Soviet Union. Since the Soviet Union crumbled

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves on Monday for a NATO summit in London and he is under pressure from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resist the temptation to wade into the British election campaign coming up later in December.

Before the two-day summit, to include receptions at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plus a working session at a golf resort in outer London, Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund think tank, said the 29 NATO allies are approaching this meeting “with a sense of foreboding.”

President Donald Trump addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Few anticipate a gathering that will both unify and stop the growing cracks in cohesion. Alliance leaders carry the responsibility to articulate NATO’s common purpose and ongoing relevance. If they do not, Vladimir Putin will be raising a glass in Moscow to the fraught state of the alliance at 70,” she said, in reference to Russia’s president.

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In recent months, U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that peace is nigh in Afghanistan — NATO’s longest and most costly operation in terms of lives and cash — only to call off talks with the Taliban. Now, it seems, they are on again. All the while, U.S. troop numbers are declining. Other allies are unsure what to make of it.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by Associated Press NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Last month, he precipitously pulled troops out of northern Syria. Turkey took that as a green light to launch an invasion that has alarmed its European NATO partners, many already struggling with the political fallout sparked by the arrival of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees via Turkey in 2015.

French President Emmanuel Macron, complaining of a U.S. leadership vacuum and sensing an opportunity for France to fill it and boost Europe’s security credentials, has lamented the “brain death” of NATO and says the allies need “a wake-up call.”

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Macron wants strategic talks about where NATO is going, who its adversaries really are, how to tackle terrorism, what to do about an unpredictable ally like Turkey, and how to improve relations with Russia, rather than a spend a third summit in self-flagellation about Trump’s favorite topic: military spending.

In the latest act of political friendly-fire, Turkey accused Macron of supporting terrorism for agreeing to hold talks with a Syrian Kurd politician whom Ankara considers to be part of an extremist group.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the ground-breaking of Marmara University's Recep Tayyip Erdogan complex, in Istanbul, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Erdogan slammed French President Emmanuel Macron Friday for his comments on NATO and Turkey's membership. © Provided by Associated Press Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the ground-breaking of Marmara University's Recep Tayyip Erdogan complex, in Istanbul, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Erdogan slammed French President Emmanuel Macron Friday for his comments on NATO and Turkey's membership. "You should get checked whether you're brain-dead," Erdogan called out to Macron.( Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool ) .

“You should get checked whether you’re brain-dead,” Erdogan said Friday, in remarks directed at Macron. “Kicking Turkey out of NATO or not, how is that up to you? Do you have the authority to make such a decision?”

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THE last time Nato leaders met, President Trump derailed the planned agenda with an outburst on Europe’s defence spending. However, keeping the Nato summit on the straight and narrow will be a test When the global house is on fire we’d be insane to tear it up. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato

NATO will celebrate its 70th birthday on Dec. 4 in London . The celebratory summit , which 29 world leaders plan to attend, is expected to be somewhat painful. The trans- Atlantic alliance, which has major accomplishments under its belt, is deeply divided over the diverging interests of its members.

Meanwhile, Erdogan plans to test a new air defense system, purchased from Russia, that its partners refuse to allow near any NATO military equipment.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the final period of her reign, has played the go-between, trying to keep the NATO leadership train on the rails.

From the outside, and quite possibly from the Kremlin, it looks like a great act of self-harm.

NATO has no real wars to fight but its power, and Europe’s security, lies in the abilities of the allies to deter adversaries like Russia and potential ones such as China. That deterrence depends on a balanced mix of military posturing and shows of political resolve by speaking with one voice.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, hold a joint press conference at the Elysee palace, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said the NATO needed © Provided by Associated Press French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, hold a joint press conference at the Elysee palace, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said the NATO needed "a wake up call" and that its leaders must have a strategic discussion about how the military alliance should work, including on improving ties with Russia. (Bertrand Guay, Pool via AP)

Since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, NATO has deployed more than 4,000 troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to discourage further military adventurism by Putin. The allies also ended their post-Cold War budget cuts and stepped up defense spending.

Trump criticises European allies ahead of NATO's 70th anniversary summit

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BRUSSELS — For an anniversary bash, the guests are unusually anxious. The leaders of NATO are traveling to London this week to commemorate the alliance’s 70th birthday — but they will do so at a carefully crafted, foreshortened gathering, not at a full-blown summit meeting.

The NATO summit takes place as Trump battles an effort led by Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives to force his removal from office through impeachment over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. The impeachment imbroglio has overshadowed

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Elysee palace, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said the NATO needed © Provided by Associated Press French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Elysee palace, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said the NATO needed "a wake up call" and that its leaders must have a strategic discussion about how the military alliance should work, including on improving ties with Russia. (Bertrand Guay, Pool via AP)

But it is the very public infighting among alliance heavyweights that undermines NATO’s security efforts.

“The leaders have a responsibility for not undermining deterrence,” said Tomas Valasek, senior fellow at the Carnegie Europe think-tank.

“Deterrence is not just about having bombs, bullets, missiles, airplanes or these days cyber geeks you can deploy against the adversary. Deterrence is also about communicating that we mean it when we say we’re an alliance of 29 and we are ready to respond as 29 when something bad happens,” Valasek said.

“Our adversaries are constantly looking for chinks in our armor. For cracks or signs of division. God knows there have been plenty of those,” he added.

On its 70th birthday, NATO’s summit declaration — should it survive the hail of friendly fire — will focus on the future; issues like new disarmament talks, the alliance’s role in space, and its policy toward China. Its main challenge today could be surviving its go-it-alone leaders.

London NATO summit begins as tensions spike on either side of Atlantic .
Donald Trump arrived in London on Tuesday ostensibly to celebrate 70 years of the NATO military alliance. But tensions on either side of the Atlantic have reached an acrimonious pitch, prompting the US president to defend the organisation he has long derided. Late last month, French president Emmanuel Macron described NATO as a “brain dead” alliance, noting that European members could no longer take the support of the US for granted. Trump, whoLate last month, French president Emmanuel Macron described NATO as a “brain dead” alliance, noting that European members could no longer take the support of the US for granted.

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