- NATO Chief Warns “Alliance May Not Survive”
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
With President Trump’s performance at last year’s NATO summit still fresh in the minds of its members, NATO’s continued existence has probably never before seemed as tenuous as it does right now. Trump has blasted NATO as “obsolete” and criticized the alliance in keeping with his “America First” platform. But NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned during a recent speech that there are still many strategic reasons why the alliance should persevere: Speaking in the UK, Stoltenberg invoked the rise of international terrorism and an “assertive Russia” as threats that should underscore how serious the issue of preserving the alliance truly is.
Yet, there’s still no guarantee that, despite these security concerns, the trans-Atlantic partnership will survive as the relationship between the US and other NATO powers deteriorates. To protect against NATO’s collapse, Stoltenberg called for its members to make a bigger effort to shore up the military alliance, according to the Associated Press.