Russia’s prime minister said Tuesday that any attempt to bring Georgia into NATO would risk “horrible” conflict.
President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, has opened another round of debate on the purpose and future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Since assuming office, Trump has moved away from his earlier position that NATO is obsolete, preferring instead to highlight the disparity between U.S. defense expenditures (3.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product) and those of other signatories to the treaty, especially Germany (1.2 percent). Indeed, Trump rightly views the commitments of NATO powers to increase defense spending as one of the ways he has strengthened the alliance.
European lawmakers on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s strong-arm approach to this week’s NATO summit in Brussels, where the U.S. president reiterated demands that alliance members increase their military spending.
President Donald Trump shared on Twitter Wednesday a video of sharp words he directed toward NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about Germany being “totally controlled by Russia” regarding their energy relationship.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory early Monday morning following a hotly contested presidential election that saw his power grip over the country tightened in the wake of sweeping constitutional reforms.
Most of America’s allies in Europe have continued to fall short of President Donald Trump’s stated goal of devoting at least two percent of economic output to defense spending, according to a new report.
In a time of increased tension between NATO countries and Russia, Germany’s military faces challenges restricting its readiness on the sea, in the air, and on the land.