Pompeo criticizes Russia and China but says NATO must change

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Read: 725     16:49     08 November 2019    

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Macron’s comments in an interview with British weekly The Economist as “drastic” on Thursday. The same day, Pompeo said the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded history.”

After delivering a speech on Friday in Berlin, Pompeo was asked in a question-and-answer session whether NATO was obsolete or brain dead.

“Seventy years on … it needs to grow and change,” he replied. “It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today.”

“If nations believe that they can get the security benefit without providing NATO the resources that it needs, if they don’t live up to their commitments, there is a risk that NATO could become ineffective or obsolete,” he said.

 



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Pompeo criticizes Russia and China but says NATO must change

2019/10/1570697547.jpg
Read: 726     16:49     08 November 2019    

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Macron’s comments in an interview with British weekly The Economist as “drastic” on Thursday. The same day, Pompeo said the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded history.”

After delivering a speech on Friday in Berlin, Pompeo was asked in a question-and-answer session whether NATO was obsolete or brain dead.

“Seventy years on … it needs to grow and change,” he replied. “It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today.”

“If nations believe that they can get the security benefit without providing NATO the resources that it needs, if they don’t live up to their commitments, there is a risk that NATO could become ineffective or obsolete,” he said.

 



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