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

15:45  03 december  2019
15:45  03 december  2019 Source:   france24.com

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Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at European allies before a NATO anniversary summit in London on Tuesday, singling out France’s Emmanuel Macron for “very nasty” comments on the alliance and Germany for spending too little on defence.

Underlining the breadth of strife in a transatlantic bloc hailed by its backers as the most successful military alliance in history, Trump demanded that Europe pay more for defence and also make concessions to U.S. interests on trade.

The attack echoed a similar tirade by Trump ahead of NATO’s last summit in July 2018. It will add to the growing doubts over the future of the 29-member alliance, described last month by Macron as “brain dead” in the run-up to a London meeting intended to be a 70th anniversary celebration.

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LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70 th anniversary of NATO — an alliance that has been strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by lashing out at one of them.

“It’s a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries,” Trump told reporters as he met the head of NATO in London.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” he said, adding that France, where Macron is seeking to push through delicate reforms of its large state sector, was “not doing well economically”.

Explicitly linking his complaint that Europe does not pay enough for NATO’s security missions to his staunch “America First” defence of U.S. commercial interests, Trump said it was time for Europe to “shape up” on both fronts.

“It’s not right to be taken advantage of on NATO and also then to be taken advantage of on trade, and that’s what happens. We can’t let that happen,” he said of transatlantic disputes over everything from the aerospace sector to a European “digital tax” on U.S. technology giants.

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NATO leaders during the 2018 summit meeting in Brussels. The leaders of NATO are traveling to London this week to commemorate the alliance’ s 70 th birthday — but they will do so Mr. Trump has also deployed more American troops and equipment in Europe alongside NATO allies in countries

The summit marking the 70 th anniversary of Nato starts in Watford on Wednesday. His last UK two visits attracted protests and more demonstrations are He has previously been criticised for voicing his opinions of British political leaders. Mr Trump later said he was "absolutely cognisant" of the

Dismissing recent signals from Germany that it was ready to do more to match a NATO target of spending two percent of national output on defence, Trump accused it and other nations which spend less than that of being “delinquent”.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who shared omelette and sausages with Trump at their breakfast meeting, tweeted that the pre-summit talks had got off to an “excellent start”.

But the U.S. leader’s broadside came only hours after splits opened up elsewhere in the alliance, with Turkey threatening to block a plan to defend Baltic states unless the alliance backs it in recognising the Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist group.

The YPG’s fighters have long been U.S. allies on the ground against Islamic State in Syria. Turkey considers them an enemy because of links to Kurdish insurgents in southeastern Turkey.

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NATO leaders meet this week in London to mark the 70 th anniversary of the Alliance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says defense spending by European members and Canada CGTN’ s Roee Ruttenberg previews the upcoming 70 th anniversary NATO summit with Lester

Forged at the start of the Cold War, NATO is celebrating its 70 th anniversary and the summit is designed to affirm the strength of the alliance. But European leaders are bracing for Trump ahead of the meeting as they continue to question Washington’ s commitment to NATO .

“If our friends at NATO do not recognise as terrorist organisations those we consider terrorist organisations... we will stand against any step that will be taken there,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said before travelling to London.

Erdogan, who has already strained alliance ties with a move to buy Russian air defence systems, said he would meet Polish President Andrzej Duda and leaders of Baltic countries.

While Trump hailed Turkey as a good NATO ally, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper earlier warned Ankara in a Reuters interview that “not everybody sees the threats that they see” and urged it to stop blocking the Baltics plan.

Queen Elizabeth will host the leaders at Buckingham Palace. But even the British hosts, for generations among the most enthusiastic champions of the trans-Atlantic partnership that NATO represents, are disunited over their project of quitting the EU and distracted by a rancorous election due next week.

“The question is, as we celebrate 70 years, are we waving in celebration or do people think we are drowning?” said a senior European NATO diplomat.

In a bid to placate Trump, Europe, Turkey and Canada will pledge $400 billion in defence spending by 2024, and also agree to reduce the U.S. contribution to fund the alliance itself.

The allies will approve a new strategy to monitor China’s growing military activity, and name space as a domain of warfare, alongside air, land, sea and computer networks.

Leaders will issue a statement condemning Moscow’s Crimea annexation and its military build-up, recommitting to the alliance’s collective defence pledge.

While giving few specifics, Trump said he believed Russia wanted deals on arms control and nuclear issues, and that he would be willing to bring China into such accords.

(REUTERS)

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