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Donald Trump on NATO and allies: let Russia do whatever it wants with them. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, took the floor

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Reckless statements about NATO security and solidarity under Article 5 only serve Putin’s interests, said the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Sunday, commenting on Saturday’s statement by former US President Donald Trump.

Former US President Donald Trump said he would “encourage” Russiato “do whatever she pleases” with NATO countriesthat “don’t pay”, i.e. spend less than 2 percent of GDP on defense. “I wouldn’t defend such a country,” Trump declared. The White House criticized this statement.

Trump’s statement was met with a sharp reaction internationally.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in South Carolina PAP/EPA/RANDALL HILL

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Michel: Trump’s words only serve Putin’s interests

“The Transatlantic Alliance has been supporting the security and prosperity of Americans, Canadians and Europeans for 75 years. Reckless statements about NATO’s security and the solidarity resulting from Article 5 only serve Putin’s interests,” the President of the European Council commented on social media Charles Michel.

He said such statements “do not bring greater security or peace to the world.” “On the contrary, they once again emphasize the need for the European Union to continue to urgently develop its strategic autonomy and invest in its own defense,” he emphasized in a post posted on the X platform. He added that it is necessary to ensure that “our Alliance remains strong.”

Author:momo / prpb

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/RANDALL HILL

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