European Council President: the United States, please respect your allies, after all, not much.


European Council President: the United States, please respect your allies, after all, not much.

[text / observer network, Yin zhe]11-12 summit held in Brussels, Belgium, will be in a "war of words" just like the previous G7 summit?

Before the 10 day of 10, President of the United States, two twitter, said that the United States paid more than any other country to protect NATO members. "The other member countries must have more money and the United States must be less."

The Washington Post reported that Trump said before meeting with Putin that the 16 day meeting was even easier than seeing NATO allies.

According to Reuters 10, Tusk (Donald Tusk), the president of the European Council, yelling to Trump on the same day, hoping that he would not reproach NATO allies on military spending before a summit that might be full of conflict.

Washington Post reported screenshot: before Trump went to Europe, he said it was easier to meet Putin than NATO allies.

On the same day, after signing a cooperation agreement between the EU and NATO, Tusk said, "Dear America, please respect your allies. After all, you don't have so many allies."

However, he also accepts that Europe needs to increase its spending on defense.

It has been a long time to press NATO allies for a long time

In fact, Trump will put pressure on the member states on defense spending at the summit, which is almost inevitable.

As early as he ran for president, he said that if elected, he might give up the automatic protection of NATO allies. After assuming office, Trump has publicly questioned the value of NATO for many times, and even once said that the military alliance was "out of date".

In June, Trump sent a letter to the leaders of Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada to warn those allies who had failed to reach the standard. He would hold up the issue of military spending at the NATO summit.

Previously, NATO reached a consensus in 2014 that it planned to increase military spending to 2% of GDP in 2024.

However, in 2017, German defense spending accounted for 1.24% of GDP. Merkel also said Germany hopes to increase its defense spending to 1.5%% of GDP by 2024.

Therefore, analysts expect that the United States will focus on "opening fire" to Germany at this summit.

In addition, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed to the outside world in July 3rd that at the summit meeting at the NATO summit, the United States reiterated that the United States did not want to be "the world's deposit tank".

The Xinhua news agency quoted Julie Smith, a European expert in the US think tank's new US security center, saying Trump sent a "debt" signal to its allies before the summit, setting the wrong keynote for the important meeting. She said this is not a way to prepare for the alliance meeting as the president of the United States, which will only backfire.

In an interview with the media, Norway foreign minister Ina Sered pointed out that the important occasion of the NATO summit should not be overly entangled in the issue of military expenditure and that strengthening security is the fundamental goal of NATO.

The concern of the "special session" after the summit

Behind NATO allies' so-called "strengthening security and defense" is Europe's concern about the upcoming "special session".

According to plan, after the NATO summit, Trump will meet with Russian President Putin on 16 may in Helsinki, Finland.

Xinhua commented that Russia has been the main target of NATO collective defense. European countries are worried that Trump first attacked allies and then went to Helsinki to shake hands with Putin, which would undermine NATO's cohesion and trigger a trust crisis across the the Atlantic alliance.

The Washington Post issued a document 8 days ago, saying that "worry about Europe and pro Russia" is not unreasonable. Whether Trump would interrupt the military exercises of the United States in Eastern Europe like the "golden club", or to meet Putin on the Crimea issue, as the G7 summit, is really bad to say.

NATO allies worry that Trump's "Pro Russian" may trigger a collapse, which will threaten NATO's cohesion and mutual trust.

However, Diao Daming, deputy professor at the University of International Relations, Renmin University of China, told the Liberation Daily that NATO members' concerns about the cooperation of the "special program" were too anxious.

He further said that it is undeniable that the cross the Atlantic partnership in the political, economic and trade, military and even values, such as cracks, this situation is not much seen in the past, but can not shake from the history of the NATO alliance with the security structure as the bottom line.

"And not to say that the United States' domestic involvement in Trump is, at best, the progress of the 'new strategic arms treaty' or the Middle East issue, as far as the possible results of the 'Trp' are concerned. Neither of these two is a pressure on NATO.


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