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Trump's skepticism about NATO worries allies in Eastern Europe (Bloomberg, USA)

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised an alarm that swept across Eastern Europe, saying that the United States will defend NATO members attacked by Russia only if these countries "fulfill their obligations to us." This is by far his toughest statement about the future of the military alliance in case he becomes the master of the White House.

On Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times, the billionaire doubted that he would automatically extend security assurances that provide 28 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with the assurance that they would receive US military support in the event of an attack. In particular, his words related to the three small Baltic countries that border on Russia.

Trump's statements are “both dangerous and irresponsible,” said Ojars Kalnins, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Latvian Seim, in an interview with Latvian radio on Thursday. “This will adversely affect the unity of NATO or the security situation. In principle, he says that the United States will not fulfill its promises or commitments. ”

Given the candidate’s willingness to abandon his multi-year commitments to defend the allies, he is increasingly harsh on NATO after he called the outdated alliance in April during the election campaign. Trump's comments provoked a negative reaction both in the USA and abroad - less than two weeks after an agreement was reached at the NATO summit in Warsaw to intensify the deployment of troops in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which is necessary as a deterrent after annexation. Russian Ukrainian Crimea in 2014 year.

Military buildup

Under the control of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the buildup of Russia's military power at its western borders since the collapse of communism is carried out. The Kremlin intends to spend 2020 trillion rubles (20 billion dollars) on a large-scale modernization program for the army until 314, while NATO plans to deploy four battalions on a rotational basis in this region.

“Estonia’s readiness to fulfill our obligations under NATO is beyond doubt, and others must show the same readiness,” Mariann Sudakov, press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote in an electronic statement on Thursday.

The US role in NATO "was confirmed by the decisions of the Warsaw Summit," said Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Rafal Sobczak in an online interview.

The White House does not agree

In the United States, the reaction to Trump's interview was immediate, and amid hot electoral struggles, opinion was divided, mainly taking into account party positions. "In the issue of the US readiness to fulfill its obligations to the transatlantic alliance, no mistakes and miscalculations should be allowed," White House spokesman Josh Ernest told reporters on Thursday.

The President of the United States "must be the leader of the free world. And Donald Trump apparently doesn’t even believe in a free world, ”wrote Jake Sullivan, the Democratic Party’s candidate in the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, in an e-mailed statement. Trump's unwillingness to maintain "the firm guarantees given to our NATO allies," suggests that he "is not capable of character" to be commander in chief, and "it is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin would very much like Trump to become president" declared Sullivan.

Trump supporter Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the US House of Representatives, said in an interview with CBS This Morning that NATO countries "should be worried about our readiness to fulfill our commitments." "Every president says that NATO countries are not fulfilling their part of the obligations."

Contractual obligations

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party, tried to smooth over Trump's remarks, stating that the United States would fulfill its contractual obligations. He pointed to 19 trillions of dollars of US debt as an argument in favor of the Allies to "step up" and increase their contribution to the maintenance of NATO.

“I’m pretty sure that Donald Trump will support our allies,” he said on Thursday, speaking on Fox News. “But at the same time, we intend to tell the allies around the world that the time has come, and now it’s time for them and their citizens to shoulder the financial costs of fulfilling these international obligations.”

According to a transcript of the interview published (in The New York Times), Trump stated that the United States must “properly compensate for the enormous costs” associated with providing protection to other countries, many of which are “extremely rich”. If it is not possible to agree on this, I “will be completely ready to say to these countries:“ Congratulations, you will defend yourself, ”he said.

"Dangerous" Trump

Trump’s warning to NATO’s allies came after his election campaign headquarters, which was held this week at the Republican Party’s election campaign, rejected a proposal to the future administration to provide weapons Ukraine, at war with pro-Russian separatists. Instead, the congress made an amendment, according to which the Republicans undertake to provide only "the necessary expedient assistance."

The North Atlantic Treaty states that an armed attack on any member state in Europe or North America will be considered as an attack on them in general, which will allow the parties to take action against the aggressor. NATO calls the so-called obligations of the 5 article the “cornerstone” of the alliance, and for the first time, the allies turned to this article after the terrorist attacks on the US 11 September 2001.

“If Trump doubts NATO’s solidarity on the 5 article, his election puts security in the Baltic region at risk,” former Foreign Minister and Minister of Defense of Latvia Artis Pabriks wrote on his Twitter page. Member of the European Parliament.

Putin, Erdogan

Estonia "unconditionally participated in the combat operations that NATO conducted" in accordance with the 5 article in Afghanistan, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves wrote on Twitter. It is one of the five allies of NATO, which fulfills its commitment to allocate 2% of the country's GDP to defense.

We trust America "regardless of who wins the presidential election, quoted by the press service of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite her statement to journalists." She has always defended the countries attacked and will do so in the future. "

In an interview with Trump, he stated that "Putin and I get along very well," and that he would like to establish good relations between the US and Russia in order to "be friends, not fight with each other."

He also said that he was not going to “rally” Turkey, a US ally in NATO, in connection with its “purges” and the elimination of its political opponents, as well as the suppression of civil liberties after an attempted coup in this country. Trump said at the same time that the United States must first "restore order at home."

Turkey on Thursday imposed a state of emergency for three months, since the authorities are persecuting those who, in their opinion, are responsible for the failed coup attempt that killed about 250 people. Thousands of army officers, judges, and prosecutors have been detained, and a more extensive “mopping-up” operation is being carried out at universities, schools, and among civil servants. Chaos began in the financial markets.

Trump appreciated the actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, giving him credit for the fact that he persevered and dealt with the failed coup. “You know, some people say that he was staged,” he said. - But I do not think so".

“When the world sees how bad America is, and at the same time we start talking more about civil liberties, I think that the preacher among us is not very good,” said Trump.
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  1. Cheshire
    Cheshire 26 July 2016 21: 19
    +13
    And Trump says the right thing, which cannot but alarm.
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 26 July 2016 21: 23
      +12
      It seems that Latvia will have to take on all the problems of NATO. And what to do then! Or NATO to smithereens, or Latvia’s seams! laughing
      1. Cheshire
        Cheshire 26 July 2016 21: 26
        0
        Yes, you will not envy Latvians. And who is easy now?
        hi
        1. Sid.74
          26 July 2016 21: 43
          +8
          Trump came up with a new nickname for Hillary Clinton ... laughing

          Speaking to supporters in Roanoke, Virginia, Trump noted that Clinton deliberately avoids using her middle name, Rodham, as it is supposedly consonant with the word "rotten".

          "Why did she get rid of him? Hillary Rotten Clinton ... right? Maybe that's why this is a rather close (to the truth - ed.) Version," the Hill portal quoted the politician as saying.

          What a tin, suddenly she really becomes the president, and the nickname will be fixed forever .... in Russia for sure.
          1. Inok10
            Inok10 26 July 2016 22: 02
            +12
            Quote: Sid.74
            What a tin, suddenly she really becomes the president, and the nickname will be fixed forever .... in Russia for sure.

            ... Evgeny Batkovich ... hi ... I think that this dyed blonde with a light form of a lurch in the image of a sadistic nurse from a psychiatric hospital is more beneficial for us as a president than the cunning red-haired clown Trump ... what he says is one thing ... well, here's the facts ... remember the start of the election race - Trump will never be an official candidate from the Republican Party publicly ... the result, Trump is an official candidate from the Republican Party ... even an open confrontation was more profitable for us than the funds Trump can use ... this will crap and pushing n d carpet ... media will not be here ... in public, he will smile broadly and open his arms ... and, behind the shit ... by and large, from a change of position of the terms Clinton + usa or Trump + usa = for us the sum don't change, we are enemies strategically ... hi
            1. Lord_Bran
              Lord_Bran 27 July 2016 09: 14
              +2
              Clinton is a nutty idealist. It is useless to talk to such people. Trump is a bright representative of the oligarchy in the United States. He is a merchant. And you can always negotiate with a trader. He is a more convenient person for dialogue with Moscow. Therefore, Russia relied on him.
      2. GYGOLA
        GYGOLA 26 July 2016 22: 08
        +1
        allocate 2% of the country's GDP for defense.
        It’s not sickly extortion, “protection” is what NATO is. But it’s none of our business, who comes to us with a sword ... - no US will help.
      3. GSH-18
        GSH-18 26 July 2016 22: 42
        +5
        It seems to me that Trump has firmly decided to bend the snickering "creative" American military-industrial complex, in order to fill the American treasury, which has long been divided between the American aligarhat and politicians of all stripes. Well, I wish him the best in this difficult endeavor. It will be difficult for him to be president, and it will be even more difficult for him to get there. For too long, the venerable amero-vultures have dug in there.
      4. GSH-18
        GSH-18 26 July 2016 22: 56
        0
        Quote: siberalt
        It seems that Latvia will have to take on all the problems of NATO. And what to do then! Or NATO to smithereens, or Latvia’s seams! laughing

        Along the way, both are just around the corner. lol
    2. samoletil18
      samoletil18 26 July 2016 22: 01
      +2
      Quote: Cheshire
      And Trump says the right thing, which cannot but alarm.

      With the electoral system in the states they will choose who should be powerful and looted, it does not smell like democracy. Although, for me, Trump is no better and no worse than a Clinton, they are, first of all, Americans and on us with the rest of the world they are on the drum.
      1. GSH-18
        GSH-18 26 July 2016 23: 40
        +2
        Quote: samoletil18
        Although, for me, Trump is no better and no worse than the Clinton, they are, first of all, Americans and, to us, with the rest of the world, they are on the drum

        The reckless Clintons is different from Trump in her bloodthirstiness (remember her reaction to the assassination of Gaddafi!) And imperial claims to the whole world of an "exclusive" nation. If Clintosha becomes president of Myricosia, the world will have more grief! GOD FORBID!!!
    3. Amurets
      Amurets 27 July 2016 00: 54
      0
      Quote: Cheshire
      And Trump says the right thing, which cannot but alarm.

      Trump has been saying these things since his initial nomination, even before the primaries. He just does it now as part of his program.
  2. HAM
    HAM 26 July 2016 21: 20
    +15
    As the unforgettable Lyonya Golubkov used to say: "We are not freeloaders, we are partners!" --- Great for the Balts, don't you think! ??
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 26 July 2016 21: 36
      +2
      Quote: HAM
      great for the Baltic states, do not find! ??

      Especially in the bottom line. smile
    2. Monos
      Monos 26 July 2016 22: 13
      +6
      Quote: HAM
      As the unforgettable Lyonya Golubkov used to say: "We are not freeloaders, we are partners!" --- Great for the Balts, don't you think! ??


      We trust America "regardless of who wins the presidential election, quoted by the press service of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite her statement to journalists." She has always defended the countries attacked and will do so in the future. "


      How deeply licked! Already sucked!
  3. sever.56
    sever.56 26 July 2016 21: 25
    +13
    https://topwar.ru/uploads/images/2016/729/tgnm410.png

    I would like to believe that small, but very proud birds (woodpeckers) - psheks and Baltic states swell if Trump becomes president. In his words, there is common sense regarding policy in the Middle East, NATO, the EU, and relations with Russia.
    If only he had not been banged, like John F. Kennedy.
    And from the words of Trump below, in relation to Ukraine, I am generally delighted ... !!!
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 26 July 2016 21: 39
      0
      Let Trump come to Russia. We will transplant his hair correctly. And he will intercede for Turkey, then correctly and cut off. laughing
      The president in the United States will choose the one who needs, and not the one who wants to. On their sweepstakes, rates are rising. fellow
      1. GSH-18
        GSH-18 26 July 2016 23: 35
        +2
        The president in the United States will choose the one who needs, and not the one who wants to. On their sweepstakes, bets are rising. fellow

        Wait and see. There, Brexit’s results were also not expected by anyone! good
  4. Observer2014
    Observer2014 26 July 2016 21: 29
    +4
    Trump's skepticism towards NATO worries Allies in Eastern Europe
    In the caricature of the article, it was possible to depict the trans-economic-political Baltic mutants as lice of the Baltic laughingAnd then some chicks repeat
    1. samoletil18
      samoletil18 26 July 2016 22: 08
      0
      Normal caricature. Mutants are: a cross between a rooster (jargon) and a vulture with nothing to profit from.
    2. Old
      Old 26 July 2016 22: 14
      0
      it is not known from whom the problems are more from lice or such chicks)
  5. bk316
    bk316 26 July 2016 21: 31
    +8
    If Trump doubts NATO solidarity .... wrote ... Latvian Minister of Defense

    Well, that is, Latvia gives the USA guarantees that if it protects it (America).
    It is not surprising that Trump does not really need such allies, for hell he is inadequate with megalomania for which he will have to fit in.


    When the world sees how dysfunctional America is, and we begin to talk about civil liberties, I think that the preacher among us is not very good

    Really got it? For 40 years I have not heard anything more adequate from the American politician.
  6. Hunt
    Hunt 26 July 2016 21: 31
    +13
    American soldiers will never die for their "allies"! Sending "allies" to the slaughter for the sake of America's welfare is as usual - PLEASE!
  7. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 26 July 2016 21: 33
    +2
    Trump is an ordinary weather vane - his words and deeds depend on the political wind. He is one of those people whom they control, and not they themselves control others. This is the same Obama, only red-haired, and he makes speeches that are beneficial to those who pull Trump into the presidency. From two evils, Trump or Hillary will choose the one who will most distribute very beautiful, but unrealizable promises, because the people are the same everywhere - He believes in beautiful words, and not how these promises will be fulfilled, and whether they will be fulfilled at all.
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 26 July 2016 21: 38
      +2
      Quote: Exorcist Liberoids
      people everywhere are the same - they believe beautiful words, and not how these promises will be fulfilled, and whether they will be fulfilled at all.

      Yes, only the US election system does not depend on the opinion of the people. yes
    2. nadezhiva
      nadezhiva 26 July 2016 21: 53
      0
      Quote: Expelling Liberoids
      for the people everywhere are the same - they believe beautiful words, and not how these promises will be fulfilled, and whether they will be fulfilled at all.
      It always seemed to me that in the American election system, the opinion of the people is of no interest to anyone, in principle.
    3. Khariton
      Khariton 26 July 2016 21: 54
      -1
      Quote: Exorcist Liberoids
      Trump is an ordinary weather vane - his words and deeds depend on the political wind. He is one of those people whom they control, and not they themselves control others. This is the same Obama, only red-haired, and he makes speeches that are beneficial to those who pull Trump into the presidency. From two evils, Trump or Hillary will choose the one who will most distribute very beautiful, but unrealizable promises, because the people are the same everywhere - He believes in beautiful words, and not how these promises will be fulfilled, and whether they will be fulfilled at all.

      Well, Hillary is your ideal in "democratic" Russia ... She will pinch Putin and allocate a lot of money ..? Dream while ...
      This bitch, God forbid, choose!
      Mad woman ...

      Trump, in principle, too ... but
      1. Banishing liberoids
        Banishing liberoids 26 July 2016 22: 02
        +3
        Haryatonn - what the hell are you doing on the site, are you discussing the news, or other people's comments? And I’m not putting you minuses out of principle, for in Russia, from time immemorial, they tried not to offend the wretched!
    4. guzik007
      guzik007 27 July 2016 10: 08
      0
      Trump is the usual weather vane of his word
      --------------------------------------
      Oh oh In America, a person is evaluated by how much he costs. That lining is a niche weather vane. Trump is one of the richest people and he can afford independent decisions.
  8. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 26 July 2016 21: 49
    +2
    Do the Baltic mongrels really believe that American soldiers will DIE for their "freedom"? And the psheks decided that they could pick up the bear, because the crowd of hunters with chokes on their backs? And the hunters decided that it was time for dinner - and left. And How? Poland can be sour in such situations.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 27 July 2016 00: 43
      +3
      Mountain

      Soldiers will die where they are ordered.

      US elections should be considered from this point of view.

      If there is power, then it must be counterbalanced.

      If Trump is an industry representative. Those. industrial capital, then Hillary is probably a representative of financial capital.

      Why can these forces be polarized? Because all financial projects in the USA lead to a system of debt growth, and there is no longer any chance to develop production, the financial industry and market opportunities. Therefore, confrontation is possible between such forces.

      Industry is actually a people. Here you can find a lot in common. So what is better with Trump, who is with common sense and rather support from industrial capital.
  9. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 26 July 2016 21: 52
    -1
    2 mordovorota always agree, but seyavki ... sometimes suffer. And you do not substitute. Watch yourself, be careful.
  10. atamankko
    atamankko 26 July 2016 22: 06
    0
    America loves only itself, most in the world understand this.
  11. Erg
    Erg 26 July 2016 22: 09
    +2
    Yes, there is no difference who will be a preser in the states. The candidates were approved ahead of time by the Illuminati "synod". Don't be naive. This is a show for Pokimon fans and fans of the junk sale. Don't get fooled.
  12. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 26 July 2016 22: 29
    +7
    I don’t think the president of the United States runs the states. The Bilderberg Club did not seem to be closed. But Duonov. Morganov. Rockefellers and their capital brothers were not arrested.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 27 July 2016 00: 49
      +1
      Atlas

      The financiers' club may not have been closed, but international corporations that have significant weight have also not been canceled. And these guys are also not bound by state restrictions, since they do not belong to any state by 100%. And the tricks of the Bilderberg financiers are also reluctant to endure.
  13. Bulrumeb
    Bulrumeb 26 July 2016 22: 38
    +2
    Trump's skepticism towards NATO worries Allies in Eastern Europe

    It became scary mongrel, farts tearing? And you have to answer for your actions
  14. Ruby
    Ruby 26 July 2016 23: 03
    +1
    Not the first year there has been a cry about the seizure of the Baltic states by Russia. But I somehow don’t really understand, but why do we need it? And I didn’t see any intelligible answer to this question. Well, there would be something to capture, so there is nothing.
    What will Russia really get in the form of these three "countries"? Economy collapsed to zero and a bunch of new forest brothers in the bargain. Look at our former "brothers" and involuntarily pondered. Or maybe in 44, Stalin should have stopped at our border? Let the same Poles fully feel all the delights of life from the Germans.
  15. -СтрР° РЅРЅРёРє-
    0
    Allies must “step up” and increase their contribution to NATO

    Business, just business - nothing personal ... laughing Today's article
    "Purely American View"
    just "sleep in hand"! hi
  16. red_october
    red_october 26 July 2016 23: 44
    0
    Never mind, the "three small Baltic states" will buy three tanks, as a result of which the growth in defense spending in each of them will increase by 100%, and formally, on paper, they will again claim a place in NATO.
  17. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 27 July 2016 00: 30
    +2
    Trump is already ahead of Clinton
  18. Navy7981
    Navy7981 27 July 2016 01: 01
    0
    oh how! In freedom-loving and cunningly booty Balts, something twitched ...
    and to imagine Trump suddenly declares that the development of relations with these greats is not interesting for America, and how quickly, with what speed the brave Balts (I mean, so to speak, that "shoblu" who "went to the trough", I apologize - political elite) rush to create a government in exile?
  19. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 27 July 2016 01: 15
    +3
    Quote: gladcu2
    The financiers' club may not have been closed, but international corporations that have significant weight have also not been canceled.

    so these corporations are their capital sources of their might. their bread and butter.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 27 July 2016 18: 43
      0
      Atlant

      Your statement is correct. These corporations are the sources of power of financiers. While they borrow money.

      But do not forget that the ultimate goal for corporations is the consumer. But the role of financiers in the pocket of consumers is about 75%. This is a mortgage, and other loans. Consumers simply do not have money to consume products. This is called a crisis of capitalism.

      So, that financiers have spoiled everything in borsch.
  20. Turkir
    Turkir 27 July 2016 01: 19
    +1
    The Baltic eurofascists twitched. What if American loot for anti-Russian politics ends?
    Not all cats are Shrovetide.
  21. Pete mitchell
    Pete mitchell 27 July 2016 02: 08
    +7
    All of you angry, piled on "equal" from NATO. Why do you run into Latvia? Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Sejm of Latvia there are probably foreign affairs too. That's how some clerk from Uncle Sema will cry, so immediately they begin to yap, calling it foreign affairs... A sort of "Pavlov's dogs" from the White House.
    I am very amused for many years that these "independent" seriously think that their opinion is of interest to someone, as children are honest. The Westerners had to take control of their airspace - they did it, they call BaltNet. Well done: they provided early warning to western Europe and thank you. Everything else is a leftover principle, even the soldiers will be allowed to play. Naive as small children, well, and God is with them
    1. 1536
      1536 27 July 2016 05: 24
      0
      You are not quite right, dear. In the US, there is such a thing as a "lobby". So refugees from the Baltic States often occupy important positions in the hierarchical structure of America, are rich, successful and, most importantly, continue to identify themselves with their long-abandoned homeland. I don't know if they eat amber powder for breakfast or cultivate poes and pine forests in their backyards, but their voice is heard, their money works. Another thing is that they are all cowards, hidden enemies of America, and seeing a strong personality at the head of the country, they will drag on, but they can do harm. Just as they harm us, for example.
      1. gladcu2
        gladcu2 27 July 2016 13: 03
        0
        1536

        Do not talk nonsense. There are no successful and advanced people from the Baltic countries there. Spit on their opinion that's for sure.
  22. Nitarius
    Nitarius 27 July 2016 04: 27
    0
    on the other hand, he is right ... why should an American die for a Latvian? if Latvians do not want to defend themselves!
  23. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 27 July 2016 07: 07
    0
    Trump says obvious things.

    Nobody needs the Baltic States:
    - nor Russia, as an object of the notorious "aggression".
    - not NATO - if the Baltic States and not 2% of GDP, but give 20% for defense - for the alliance it will be like some kind of mosquito.
    - neither to the authorities of the Baltic states - they destroyed themselves; the whole economy - Russian transit, transfers of Euro-slaves and EU subsidies. As soon as there are no subsidies, the Baltic states will not.
    - nor to its own population, which naturally drapes wherever it can.
    - not even geostrategic; as it turned out, the Baltic is vulnerable and not worth the effort to really protect it.
  24. afrikanez
    afrikanez 27 July 2016 07: 16
    0
    One American "blurted out" - half of Europe put in his pants. They have fun there, no one can say anything. lol
  25. Azim77
    Azim77 27 July 2016 07: 32
    0
    The Kennedy family also once said the right things, we know the result ..
  26. Khariton
    Khariton 27 July 2016 18: 01
    0
    Trump is primarily a businessman and knows how to count money ... If they win, I hope he deals with America in the first place (economy, US debt is fantastic) and how many fat bugs have sucked into the US budget (like the Baltic states, Ukraine, etc., etc.) )...We will see! hi