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UK News Division pervades NATO as the "brain dead" meet the "delinquent"

12:50  04 december  2019
12:50  04 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Trump to meet Macron, Merkel at NATO summit

  Trump to meet Macron, Merkel at NATO summit WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of next week’s NATO summit in London. The summit comes at a critical moment for the 29-member military alliance, which has been fraying in the face of Trump’s complaints that too many NATO members are spending too little on defense. Trump also has meetings scheduled during the summit with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte.The summit is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday.Trump has no meeting scheduled, as of now, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the summit host.

By Robin Emmott and William James. WATFORD, England (Reuters) - NATO leaders gathered at a golf resort near London on Wednesday for a summit acrimonious even by the standards of the Trump era, aiming to tackle disagreements over spending, future threats including China

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Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: U.S. President Trump meets France's President Macron, ahead of the NATO summit, in London © Reuters/POOL U.S. President Trump meets France's President Macron, ahead of the NATO summit, in London

By Robin Emmott and William James

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WATFORD, England (Reuters) - NATO leaders gathered at a golf resort near London on Wednesday for a summit acrimonious even by the standards of the Trump era, aiming to tackle disagreements over spending, future threats including China, and Turkey's role in the alliance.

NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

With U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron blowing hot and cold over NATO's role, the 29-member military alliance is looking for reinvigoration as it marks the 70th anniversary of its Cold War-era founding.

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NATO leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a summit Merkel said she was "relatively optimistic" after the meeting , but Macron warned that "not all clarifications were obtained and "And yet you still have many delinquent -- you know I

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( Nato ) is a collective defence alliance between 29 North “And yet you still have many delinquent – you know, I call them delinquent when they’re not paid up in full Nato to consider expert panel after Macron brain - dead claim. Critics say setting up group to

Jens Stoltenberg wearing glasses: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

"Clearly it is very important that the alliance stays together," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters, referring to divisions over Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, carried out despite the objection of Ankara's allies.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

"But there is far, far more that unites us than divides us."

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

Leaders held preliminary bilateral meetings in London on Tuesday, during which stark differences were aired, with Trump, who in the past has called NATO obsolete, criticising Macron for comments last month about NATO's strategic "brain death".

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

  NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit 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.

With questions raised over NATO ’s credibility, the Western military alliance struggled to present a united front Tuesday as some of its biggest member

LONDON: NATO leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a Merkel said she was "relatively optimistic" after the meeting , but Macron warned that "not all clarifications were obtained and "And yet you still have many delinquent — you know I

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Macron held his ground, saying in a message on Twitter late on Tuesday that it was important for leaders to discuss issues in an open and forthright way if they were to find solutions.

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"My statements on NATO triggered some reactions. I do stand by them," Macron said. "It is a burden we share: we can't put money and pay the cost of our soldier's lives without being clear on the fundamentals of what NATO should be."

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One of Macron's chief complaints is that Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and a critical ally in the Middle East, has increasingly acted in a freelance way, carrying out incursions into Syria, taking up arms against the Kurdish YPG militia who had been allied with Western forces against Islamic State, and buying the S-400 missile defence system from Russia.

Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve

  Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eveLONDON (Reuters) - Turkey will oppose a NATO plan to defend Baltic countries unless the alliance backs it in recognising a Kurdish militia as a terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of an alliance summit in London.

Mr Trump had described Mr Macron's comments about Nato as "nasty", but Mr Macron said he stood by his words. World leaders are in London to mark the Western military alliance's 70th anniversary. The summit has already been marked by strained relations between Turkey and other member states.

NATO leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a summit Merkel said she was "relatively optimistic" after the meeting , but Macron warned that "not all clarifications were obtained and "And yet you still have many delinquent -- you know I

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pushed back, saying he will oppose NATO's plan for the defence of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognise groups that Turkey deems terrorists, including the YPG.

Erna Solberg holding a sign: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

TRUMP LASHES "DELINQUENT" ALLIES

Mark Rutte holding a sign posing for the camera: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

Arriving for the gathering at an 18th-century estate that once hosted a golf championship won by Tiger Woods, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas - whose country depends on NATO as a shield against Russia - said he was confident the alliance could overcome its divisions.

Mark Rutte wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

"NATO is strong. NATO’s deterrence is 100% credible," he said. "Transatlantic ... cooperation is a cornerstone for us, for our security, for both sides of the Atlantic."

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

On Tuesday, Trump, who has long accused Washington's allies of enjoying the protection of the U.S. superpower without shouldering their share of the collective security burden, described allies who spend too little as "delinquent".

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NATO leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a summit Merkel said she was "relatively optimistic" after the meeting , but Macron warned that "not all clarifications were obtained and "And yet you still have many delinquent -- you know I

US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on "And yet you still have many delinquent -- you know I call them delinquent when they're not paid up If the Macron comments set an angry tone for the meeting , there are also expected to be clashes

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

At the summit, Europe, Turkey and Canada are expected to pledge that they will increase spending by $400 billion collectively on defence by 2024.

a man holding a sign: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

France and Germany, as core European members, want the alliance to consider a bigger role in the Middle East and possibly Africa, marking a shift away from its historically eastern-facing posture. They aim to win support to set up a "wise persons" group to draw up reform plans.

Edi Rama wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

In a final communique, NATO allies will recommit to their pledge to defend each other - known as Article 5 in NATO parlance - while Britain is expected to put six warships, two fighter squadrons and thousands of troops at NATO's disposal to meet a U.S. demand for European armies to be more combat-ready.

Xavier Bettel wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

NATO will also warn China for the first time that it is monitoring Beijing's growing military might. Leaders will agree to prepare for conflicts in space, the Arctic and computer networks, as well as traditional land, sea and air battles.

a man wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told diplomats and experts ahead of the gathering that even though the acrimonious public comments were making headlines, the alliance is still making rapid, meaningful progress behind the scenes.

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

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

NATO leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a summit Merkel said she was "relatively optimistic" after the meeting , but Macron warned that "not all clarifications were obtained and "And yet you still have many delinquent -- you know I

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who shared omelet and sausages with Trump at their breakfast meeting , tweeted that the pre-summit talks Erdogan, who has already strained alliance ties with a move to buy Russian air defense systems, said he would meet Polish President Andrzej Duda

Mette Frederiksen standing in front of a sign: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

"I'm a politician, and I'm used to being criticised for good rhetoric but bad substance," Stoltenberg said. "In the case of NATO it is the opposite. We have had bad rhetoric but extremely good substance."

Klaus Iohannis holding a sign: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the testy public exchanges actually showed the alliance's strength: "NATO has survived because we've always had frank conversations."

Katrín Jakobsdóttir wearing a suit and tie: NATO Alliance summit in Watford © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS NATO Alliance summit in Watford

(Additional reporting by Andreas Rinke, John Chalmers and Johnny Cotton in Watford; Writing by Luke Baker; Editing by John Chalmers and Peter Graff)

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