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Apr 28 2017
Jens Stoltenberg, Donald J. Trump and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about NATO. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 283 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 686 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Jens Stoltenberg is: “In a more dangerous and more unpredictable world, it is important to have friends and allies. And in NATO, America has the best friends and the best allies in the world.”.
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Richard Grenell - United Nations

Peter taught me to peel back the modern, 1950s interpretation of the Bible and go back to the original text and intent of what God was saying to us. It became crystal-clear that man's teachings on the Bible have been misused and egocentric and manipulative.feedback

John Louth

If Trump gets his way, it will mean a 10pc uplift on what is already the largest defence spend on the planet. That is twice the UK defence budget, and that would have a very significant impact on how a German government would consume defence industrial capability and capacity. You have other European Nato states who are in very similar situations, so how countries spend to meet the 2pc and what that means for the European defence industrial base is hugely significant.feedback

Clint Watts

Russian-backed measures are predominantly anti NATO, anti EU and anti-immigration, so it makes it really hard to counter when you're also repeating some of those policies.feedback

Michael Fallon

We are sending the strongest of signals that we stick by our friends and we stand united in the face of aggression.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You want to keep a NATO ally, a partner in the strategic fight against ISIS. You also have a national interest in democracy in Turkey. . . . Sometimes foreign policy requires making difficult choices and balancing interests that are in tension.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A reasonable debate can be had about how much we can attempt to pressure allies on human rights abuses - and how publicly we should do so. We noted yesterday that the balancing act with a NATO ally such as Turkey in a difficult part of the world can be quite nettlesome. It is obvious - to everyone but President Trump - that at the very least we shouldn’t be rewarding or praising behavior that is contrary to our values and which in the long run will make those countries less stable.feedback

Erin Cunningham

More than 8,000 U.S. troops are helping Afghan forces battle the Taliban. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., has said that he will need thousands of additional troops to better support the international coalition's mission. While here, McMaster … met with Nicholson, senior Afghan officials and other NATO commanders overseeing the mission to advise Afghan security forces.feedback

Jared Bernstein

If you get under the hood of the U.S. economy, some weaknesses are worth noticing.feedback

John Nicholson

This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress. It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield.feedback

Greg Sargent

Everyone in Washington is struggling to make sense of Donald Trump’s reversals on multiple issues. The Post reports that “establishment” Republicans are relieved to see him governing more as one of them, as evidenced by his new support for NATO and the Export-Import Bank. Meanwhile, the rising influence of Goldman Sachs banker Gary Cohn inside the administration has some discerning a more “moderate” and “centrist” Trump on various issues, such as our posture on trade with China, and others seeing the emergence of a “pragmatic” Trump.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. The car industry is not going to leave us anymore, believe me. The car industry is staying in our country. They were leaving – if I didn't win this election, you would have lost your car industry to Mexico and to other countries. They're not leaving anymore, believe me. There's retribution if they leave. There was no retribution.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I felt we had to do something about it. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing. Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!feedback

Donald J. Trump

In facing our common challenges we must also ensure that NATO members meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe. Many have not been doing that. I really think that there's going to be a lot of pressure on Russia to make sure that peace happens because frankly, if Russia didn't go in and back this animal, you wouldn't have a problem right now. Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person, and I think it's very bad for Russia, I think it's very bad for mankind, it's very bad for this world.feedback

Grover Norquist

The budget he's put out is an incredible budget. He's pushed hard to abolish Obamacare. The tax bill he put forward is Reaganite in all it's forms, so I'm looking at a guy who did exactly what he said he was going to do on every big issue. Both on China and NATO, he rattled the cage and got movement in the direction that he wanted, and, at least as of now, NATO is behaving the way he wants it to and the Chinese might be more helpful in Korea.feedback

John McCain

My message to you is the same as the one I delivered to Serbian Prime Minister Vucic earlier this week. Advancing the EU-facilitated, US-supported dialogue is in the interest of Kosovars and Serbs alike.feedback

Andrzej Duda

I will not exaggerate if I say that many Polish generations have been waiting for this moment since the end of World War II. They dreamed about it and they made sacrifices, beginning with soldiers who fought and died for an independent Polish state against the Soviet occupation.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think, respectfully, I think you can look at what you're referring to as a shift in a lot of ways, and by that I mean I saw a couple instances with respect to NATO being one of those shifts, and if you look at what's happened, it's those entities or individuals in some cases or issues evolving toward the president's position.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Allies sent Awacs surveillance planes to help patrol American skies and we launched NATO's biggest military operation ever in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Canadian soldiers have served shoulder to shoulder with American troops. More than 1,000 have paid the ultimate price. Our mission in Afghanistan is a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

It's to better deal with hybrid warfare and crisis management, not just terrorism, but it will help in C.T. as well.feedback

Joseph W. Ralston - Air Force

The president is getting advice from different people now than he did in the campaign. These guys are very good and I'm sure they're giving their unvarnished advice to the president and I think the president is learning from that.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

In a more dangerous and more unpredictable world, it is important to have friends and allies. And in NATO, America has the best friends and the best allies in the world.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

For me, the important thing is that [Trump] has been very consistent when it comes to NATO in all my interactions and conversations with him. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. At the same time [Trump's security team has] underlined the importance of NATO increasing its efforts to fight international terrorism. I am working on that. And there is also an importance, a burden sharing. We have turned the corner and European defense spending has now started to increase.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

In President Trump’s so-called skinny budget, he eviscerated the State Department’s budget and foreign-aid spending. As to the former, perhaps Trump’s recent recognition of the need for diplomatic efforts (with NATO, China, etc.) will teach him that American “soft power” is a corollary to hard power. The former without the latter can be feckless; the latter without the former leaves us binary options (e.g. consent or war).feedback

Ed Rogers

Something akin to the “education of Donald Trump” may be taking place. And with it, a better organized and reality-based White House. To his detractors, the president is flip-flopping. But, as Politico noted earlier today, “Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.” In recent weeks, the president has confirmed that NATO is a “great alliance, ” he has confronted Russia in Syria, he has engaged in detente with China and brought attention to the threat from North Korea, and he has continued working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps when President Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others to “work this out, ” he was instructing them to figure out their roles and responsibilities and how they could work together to serve him best. And if they couldn’t figure out who was doing what, he would make it clear, at someone’s expense.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I got to know him very well because we were both on '60 Minutes,' we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's so incredible. It's brilliant. It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five. I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

One by one we are keeping our promises - on the border, on energy, on jobs, on regulations. Big changes are happening! You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions. And our country hasn't had a clue, they haven't had a clue. They're not currency manipulators. It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies. I don't know Putin. I never met Putin, I don't know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I'm a genius.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have established a new division for intelligence, which enhances our ability to fight terrorism, and working together in the alliance to fight terrorism even an even more effective way. But we agreed today, you and I, that NATO can and must do more in the global fight against terrorism.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The NATO Alliance has been the bulwark of international peace and security. I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete. It's my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against ISIS. NATO is obsolete.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Vicious slaughter of innocent civilians with chemical weapons including the barbaric killing of small and helpless children and babies must be forcefully rejected by any nation that values human life. That's a butcher. So I felt we had to do something about it. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done. It is time to end this brutal civil war, defeat terrorists and allow refugees to return home. I don't like it because I don't think it's necessary. The bank mainly helps a few companies - and these are companies that can do very well without it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. It's my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against the ISIS. Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all. It would be wonderful... if NATO and our country could get along with Russia.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Unfortunately, the president's failure to name China a currency manipulator is symptomatic of a lack of real, tough action on trade against China. …While they're not manipulating their currency at the moment because it doesn't suit their economic needs, make no mistake about it, as soon as the tide turns they will.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. Fellas, you haven't paid for years. Give us the money or get the hell out. Get out. I did ask about all the money that hasn't been paid over the years – will that money be coming back? We'll be talking about that. Maybe NATO will dissolve and that's OK. It's not the worst thing in the world. We have countries within NATO that are taking advantage of us. With me, I believe they're going to pay.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I like her, I respect her. It's very early. They're not currency manipulators. China just devalued their currency recently more than they have at any time in more than two decades. This was like shocking. And the only reason they did it is because we're weak and have no leadership. The NATO Alliance has been the bulwark of international peace and security. I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete. It's my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against ISIS.feedback

Mohammad Nateqi

First, people are concerned now about how Americans view Afghanistan, and whether or not they will change their minds about supporting us. The relationship between Afghanistan, the United States, and NATO has been very strong. But if there are bad relations between Iran, the United States, and Russia, it will be very dangerous for us.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have information from a variety of sources that such provocations ... are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to use some substances and accuse the Syrian government of using those chemicals. We believe every incident should be properly investigated. Everyone [NATO members] agrees to it, accepts it and start nodding and expressing their support. The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump has not improved, but rather worsened.feedback

Christine Wormuth

He's starting to have a more nuanced and deeper understanding of a lot of issues.feedback

John McCain

There is also evidence that Russians are trying to undermine the democratic process in other parts of the world. I believe the Russian behaviour requires our solidarity and our strength, in order to preserve principles and fundamentals of democracy. The behaviour on the part of the Russians throughout the region and the world is not acceptable in these times.feedback

Michelle Howard

We're seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union. It's precedential activity. They're a global navy, I understand that. But the activity in this theater has substantially moved up in the last couple of years. When ... you think about what happens when they move forces around, you look at the alliance and they end up splitting and distracting the view of the alliance.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We are a strong and reliable member of NATO. What we need is not an upward spiral in armaments but rather disarmament initiatives. If I interpret this correctly, what was said is that this (goal) is something to strive for. It does not seem to me to be the overriding aim of German foreign policy to spend 20 billion (euros) or more per year to meet this goal and in the end to have a policy where, in the middle of Europe, there is an army armed to the teeth.feedback

Tim Farron

Evil happens when good people do nothing. We cannot stand by, we must act. The attack by American forces was a proportionate response to the barbarous attack by the Syrian government on its own people. The British government rather than just putting out a bland statement welcoming this should now follow it up and call an emergency meeting of the Nato alliance to see what else can be done, be that more surgical strikes or no fly zones. Evil happens when good people do nothing, we cannot sit by while a dictator gasses his own people. We cannot stand by, we must act.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

There is total Russophobia, hysterical Russophobia going on.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

Moscow has always supported good relations with the Baltic states.feedback

Cornelius Adebahr

The warmongering rhetoric over Gibraltar is worrisome, though not so much for the actual prospect of a shooting war over those rocks, but rather what those comments reveal about the mind-set of those who are ready to elevate the narcissism of small differences to a causa belli. All countries concerned are NATO allies, so the actual idea of going to war is insane.feedback

Michael Fallon

Secretary Mattis and I have agreed that others must now raise their game and those failing to meet the 2% commitment so far should at least agree to year-on-year real-terms increases. And increased burden-sharing is not on its own enough. We've also agreed that Nato must modernise and streamline its military structures to ensure faster decision-making and take a 360-degree view of all the security threats that face us. Nato has the experience and resources to combat international terror.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

If we want to defeat terrorism in Syria we don't just need to defeat Daesh, we also must fight its causes.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO is about creating a framework for a strong trans-Atlantic bond, so it's not possible to imagine NATO without North America or without the United States. But I'm absolutely certain that NATO will continue because NATO has been the most successful alliance in history.feedback

Michael Fallon

Making that NATO alliance fitter and faster, fairer burden-sharing is the key here. Secretary Mattis and I have agreed that others must now raise their game, and those failing to meet the 2 percent commitment so far should at least agree to year-on-year real terms increases.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Two per cent would mean military expenses of some 70 billion euros. I don't know any German politician who would claim that is reachable nor desirable. The United States will realise it is better to talk about better spending instead of more spending.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have started to increase defence spending across the alliance after many years of cuts.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

First is ensuring that NATO has all the resources, financial and otherwise, that are necessary for NATO to fulfill its mission.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We will uphold the agreements we have made to defend our allies. These are not just words. Tomorrow, a U.S. enhanced, forward presence battalion will be deployed in Poland. The United States sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

More money doesn't mean more security. Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO's defense expenditures. Allies must increase defense spending.feedback

Michael Fallon

We have got 7,000 Royal Marines. The actual balance, the number of sailors and the number of marines, that's a matter for the First Sea Lord to keep under review. The Royal Navy is growing. Within the Royal Navy, you have the Royal Marines as well and there has to be balance between the two. Our defence relationship with the US is unprecedented in its depth and scope. As we leave the EU, our bilateral relationships matter more than ever, so we'll be enhancing our cooperation and investing more in our joint F-35 fast jet programme.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Allies and Russia continue to have clear disagreements on the crisis in and around Ukraine. Allies urged Russia to use its significant influence on the militants to meet their obligations in full, and raised serious concerns about Russia's recognition of identity documents issued by the separatists, imposing the (Russian currency) rouble, and seizure of companies. It is not an easy dialogue but a dialogue we are committed to. When tensions run high, it is even more important to keep talking to each other to reduce unpredictability and risks.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Our goal should be to agree at the May leaders meeting that by the end of the year all allies will have either met the pledge guidelines or will have developed plans that clearly articulate how, with annual milestone progress commitments, the pledge will be fulfilled. Allies that do not have a concrete plan to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense by 2024 need to establish one now. Allies that have a plan to reach the 2 percent guideline need to accelerate efforts and show results.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We want to discuss how we can build on NATO's already important involvement in the fight to defeat ISIS and other counter-terrorism actions that NATO can provide, and ultimately bring stability to the Middle East.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I don't know where we would put all the aircraft carriers we would need to buy to invest € 70 billion a year.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The US sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As President Trump has made clear it is no longer sustainable for the US to maintain a disproportionate share of Nato's defence expenditures. Allies must increase defence spending. They must demonstrate by their actions that they share the US government's commitment. The United States is committed to ensuring Nato has the capabilities to support our collective defence. We will uphold the agreements we have made to defend our allies. We understand that a threat against one of us is a threat against all of us, and we will respond accordingly.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Allies must increase defense spending to meet their commitments. Our bond remains essential for facing national and international security challenges in an increasingly unstable world. Today, Russia's ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. Sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions. Well, I'm very pleased to be in Brussels for this meeting and discussions with my NATO colleagues.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

All allies understand and accept the need for fair burden sharing. After years of decline in German defense spending, we have seen an increase.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Nato stands united, the transatlantic bond is united. We are going to maintain article 5 as (the) absolute bedrock of the Nato alliance.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor. Russia's violations of international law are now a matter of record, from what happened with Crimea to other aspects of their behaviour in mucking around inside other people's elections, and that sort of thing.feedback

Michael Fallon

Together, we will also agree further steps to modernise Nato and ensure greater burden sharing. That means more European members committing to annual increases in their defence spending in order to counter an aggressive Russia and tackle terrorism and cyber threats.feedback

Jonathan Eyal

The only way that Europe is going to reach its targets is if they are reassured about the American commitment toward them. You will not get the Europeans to spend more if there are questions about America's commitment.feedback

Jonathan Eyal

It will be the job of someone like Tillerson to reassure them that the United States remains committed to NATO. The question over contributions is as old as the alliance itself. Washington is right to feel impatient, but the reality is that the 2 percent is not god-given, and Trump should be focusing on allies making progress on spending rather than an immediate jump to 2 percent.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Since Montenegro borders on five other Balkans nations, including NATO allies Croatia and Albania, its membership will support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security, and stability with all of its neighbors.feedback

John McCain

It is a nation in this contest that we are now engaged in with Vladimir Putin, who has committed to extending the reach and influence of the Russian government … to the point where he attempted a coup to overthrow the freely elected government of Montenegro. If we turn down Montenegro it will not remain the democracy that it is today.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Montenegro's participation in the May NATO summit as a full member, not an observer, will send a strong signal of transatlantic unity and that no third parties have veto power over NATIO decisions.feedback

Curtis Scaparrotti

It's absolutely critical they be brought into NATO. If we were to lose this, it would set back many of the other countries and peoples, particularly in Eastern Europe, who are looking forward to, and have their eyes set on the West.feedback

Jo Maugham

Last year we voted in a very different world. We had no president who wanted to tear up the trade rules… or Nato. We did not know what Brexit means and we still do not know what Brexit means. Anyone who says they know what the popular mood is and we should give up is lying to you. What will make Brexit happen is if you give up.feedback

Nigel Farage

I think that what's interesting is to see the way the Trump victory has been used by Mr Verhofstadt, by Mr Juncker saying, the Americans are leaving Europe, therefore we have to have our own European army, oh and they want nuclear weapons now as well.' Actually Mr Trump does not want to withdraw from Europe at all, he just wants NATO members to pay their fair share. I would view the full development of a European army with its own foreign policy and its own nuclear weapons actually as being something potentially quite dangerous.feedback

Lally Weymouth

In an interview, President Kersti Kaljulaid says Trump must stand up to Moscow.feedback

Curtis Scaparrotti

NATO and the United States, in my view, must win in Afghanistan.feedback

Paul Ryan

I am saying I have seen nothing of that. I have seen nothing come of that. And then TIME magazine, which treats me horribly, but obviously I sell, I assume this is going to be a cover too, have I set the record? I guess, right? Covers, nobody's had more covers.feedback

Joe Biden

The notion that there's still this romance with Putin ... I'm told [Tillerson] has decided he's going to go visit Putin before he goes to the NATO conference? What in the hell are we doing? Five or six times. Are you joking? Are you serious?feedback

Josh Rogin

Tillerson is hosting a lunch for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the senators have a lot more than food on their minds.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The symbolism is awful. “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a planned meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers next month, while also arranging a visit to Russia, the State Department said. Mr. Tillerson’s travel schedule, which also revolves around a planned U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is raising questions at home and abroad as the Trump administration’s intentions toward Moscow and NATO remain under close scrutiny.”.feedback

Susan E. Rice

Is Russia certain we will defend every NATO ally at all costs? Does China think we want a trade war or stable economic relations? Does Kim Jong Un fear we may use force pre-emptively to counter his nuclear and missile capabilities? The United States' words matter.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Montenegro's participation in the May NATO Summit as full member, not as an observer, will send a strong signal of transatlantic unity. It is strongly in the interests of the United States that Montenegro's membership in NATO be ratified.feedback

Marillyn Hewson - Lockheed Martin

President Trump made clear that he and the administration will ensure that the government is a smart buyer.feedback

Marillyn Hewson - Lockheed Martin

While it's taking longer than expected, we are confident that the industry will eventually recover.feedback

Marillyn Hewson - Lockheed Martin

These policy discussions are especially important to our industry, aerospace and defense.feedback

Marillyn Hewson - Lockheed Martin

The largest driver of international growth will be F-35. We're seeing a new willingness and resolve to increase investments in defense. Although the path ahead on the federal budget remains complicated, we are optimistic.feedback

Michel De Mesmay

First, we are expecting to train our inter-operability with the British Army and the Estonian Army to improve our level. It is the reason why we come here with a lot of equipment such as the Maiden battle tank and infantry fighting vehicles in order to carry out a robust training.feedback

David Cameron

Just to be clear, that's a joke. The guardians of freedom, of tolerance, of equality and, yes, of justice. Fight for them and we really will be great again …. Far from being in retreat, democracy has been on the march. We should treasure Nato, not undermine it. We won't make American great by making eastern Europe weaker again. There is a powerful moral argument that we should love our neighbour, whether at home or the other side of the world. Leaving the European Union does not mean we're leaving Europe. I don't have to listen any more to the wiretaps of Donald Trump's conversations.feedback

James Stavridis

Mr. Putin is going right down the game plan that started with the interference in the elections and undermining the U.S. globally because at the end of the day, deterrence – which equals peace – is composed of two things: capability, we've got a great military; the other is credibility. Our credibility is shredding in front of us. Russia is not going to attack the United States. They're not going to blow a U.S. aircraft out of the air. But I think over time what they're going to try to do is crack the NATO alliance.feedback

Angela Merkel

Not a single NATO member state pays its entire defense budget into NATO. If you look at our military commitment today, then you see that a quarter-century later Germany plays a completely different role. But it is a process, and it is a process that the United States of America wanted ... and we cannot simply cast off this process from one day to the next.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Some of President Trump’s support came from voters who did not agree with him on a number of issues and may not have liked him all that much. But, they reasoned, he was rich and successful so he could help America (and people like them) win. No question but that superficial aura of confidence and business experience Trump conjured up was enough to win over voters who didn’t much listen to the details of what he was saying or focus on his incoherent, a-factual utterances.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Sorry, Mr. President, that's not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. Number one it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two the countries weren't paying what they're supposed to be paying.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Some pro-Russian people might use the mistreatment of Latgale as a hook, you know? As an excuse. If Russia came and tried to invade Latgale I think there would be people who would welcome them. We can't really rely on NATO, we can't really rely on anybody else, just ourselves.feedback

Andris Sondors

Putin is not good. He's a killer, and he's our neighbor 20 miles away. Of course we're nervous but we've lived next to Russia for 800 years and know what they're like only too well. If they invade I will go and live in the forest.feedback

Gunars Strods

Who knows if war could happen again, but I hope not. We still trust in NATO's common security system. We still trust it.feedback

Aris Sperga

We are ready for war. We know that some day it will come to Latvia and it will mean a battleground for us.feedback

Gunars Strods

A lot of people who live here watch TV that comes from Russia. It's propaganda and all part of the hybrid war.feedback

Justine Kitija Smeltere

I think Trump wants everything to be great in America but he doesn't care about Europe and he doesn't care about us. I'm really afraid of Russian interference. It's very close to the border and I don't want to be the first participant of World War III.feedback

Tatiana Makarova

I like Trump and I hope he will be peaceful with Russia. I don't think Putin is interested in the Baltics. He doesn't need it. We are just neighbors.feedback

Vjaceslavs Dubovskis

We are like a coin, we have two sides. Our relationship with Russia has potential. But there is also an element of threat.feedback

Viktor Solovjov

Russia is a very friendly and peaceful nation but it has an unfair reputation. Russia is not an aggressor. Russia is not interested in making aggression for the Baltic states.feedback

Arnis Slobozanins

I feel angry about the treatment of Latgalian, of course. We've been betrayed and I think this betrayal is dangerous.feedback

Svetlana Filsa

All of us working here are Russians and it's a problem. Because of these rules, it's getting harder. Not all of us speak Latvian so we are worried about work.feedback

Ivo Daalder

This is not a financial transaction, where NATO countries pay the U.S. to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment. Those who currently don't spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense are now increasing their defense budgets. That's a good thing. But no funds will be paid to the U.S. They are meant to increase NATO's overall defense capabilities, given the growing Russian threat.feedback

Steven Gventer - US Army

This is a mission, not a cycle of training events. The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland ... We are fully ready to be lethal.feedback

Ivo Daalder

But no funds will be paid to the US. They are meant to increase NATO's overall defense capabilities, given the growing Russian threat. Europe must spend more on defense, but not as favor (or payment) to the US. But because their security requires it.feedback

Angela Merkel

When we help people in their home countries to live a better life and thereby prevent crises, this is also a contribution to security. So I will not be drawn into a debate about who is more military-minded and who is less.feedback

Marcel Dirsus

Nobody in Estonia wants to be left out in the cold because Germany doesn't spend enough money on defense.feedback

Marcel Dirsus

Nothing would be worse for Ms. Merkel than being seen as taking orders from Trump. Ultimately, I predict Germany will increase spending – but at the pace it had already committed to.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Sorry, Mr President, that's not how NATO works. This is not a financial transaction, where NATO countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment. We fought two world wars in Europe, and one cold war. Keeping Europe whole, free, and at peace, is vital US interest.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…. …vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany! I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.feedback

Michael Fallon

In the face of an increasingly assertive Russia, NATO is stepping up its commitment to collective defence. British troops will play a leading role in Estonia and support our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend NATO. Our rising defence budget means we can support those deployments in the long-term and strengthen our commitment to European security.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Trump's comments misrepresent the way NATO functions. The president keeps saying that we need to be paid by the Europeans for the fact that we have troops in Europe or provide defense there. But that's not how it works.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said a long time ago that Nato had problems. No1 it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. No2 the countries weren't paying what they're supposed to be paying.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe. During our meeting, I thanked Chancellor Merkel for the German government's commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing at least 2% of GDP. Well, I'm not saying if not. I'm saying, right now there are many countries that have not fulfilled their obligations to us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Already, because of this new business climate, we are creating jobs that are starting to pour back into our country like we haven't seen in many, many decades. In the first two job reports since I took the oath of office, we've already added nearly half a million new jobs. And believe me, it's just beginning. Many (NATO) nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel my strong support for NATO as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe. I am a trader, I am a fair trader, a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I'm not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination. I would say that the negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the United States but hopefully we can even it out.feedback

Donald J. Trump

(I) probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom. We have a tremendous group of people that listen and I can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that. As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. And just to finish your question, we said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make an opinion on it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. I don't believe in an isolationist policy. I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be an example of fake news. Immigration is a privilege, not a right, and the safety of our citizens must always come first, without question.feedback

Donald J. Trump

"Our two nations share much in common, including our desire for prosperity, security, and peace,"feedback

Angela Merkel

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

There has been progress but the job is far from done, we still have no fair burden-sharing within our alliance. It is realistic that all allies reach the goal of two percent. This is not just about a call from the Unites States and President Trump. It is in Europe's best interest to spend more on defence. We have a long way to go but at least after years of decline, we are now starting to see an increase.feedback

Ahmed Mohamed Matan

So this is not a pirate attack, it's angry fishermen trying to protect their area so that they can fish. That livelihood has been disrupted by constant threats from these ships fishing illegally.feedback

Chris Suckling - IHS

One of the main problems with deterring piracy is only having 35-40 percent of ships in the High Risk Area with armed guards on board commercial vessels. There's a perception that the capability isn't there, but it's just that motives have changed to being political rather than primarily economic.feedback

John Steed

Usually pirates reinforce with guards from the shore and use the village to resupply.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

The commission does not comment on issues that pertain to the internal legal and constitutional order of our member states. The Barroso doctrine, would that apply? Yes that would apply, obviously.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

By leaving the UK it would also leave Nato - of course it is absolutely possible to apply for membership and then the allies will then decide.feedback

Angela Merkel

These comparisons are totally misleading, they belittle the suffering, especially in the case of the Netherlands which suffered so much under the Nazis. This is completely unacceptable and that's why the Netherlands have my full support and solidarity, especially also my Dutch colleague Mark Rutte.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I will encourage all allies to show mutual respect to be calm and have a measured approach to contribute to deescalate the tensions. I think it is important that we now focus on everything that unites us.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Those who defend democracy would not do such things. You'll call yourself a democrat and then not permit the flight of a minister of the Turkish Republic?feedback

Mark Toner

We've signaled at every level our continued commitment to NATO. On Russia, Secretary of State Tillerson has been clear that we would cooperate with Russia wherever possible, but not at the expense of Ukraine or Syria.feedback

Joris Voorhoeve

While the security situation has seriously deteriorated in recent years as a result of threats from Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, the operational readiness of the armed forces has been further hollowed out.feedback

Mark Rutte

This is the most serious thing we can do. You tell the foreign affairs minister of a NATO ally, We know you will come to the Netherlands: Don't show up! And if you still decide to come, you won't have a chauffeur driven car, no escort, no support.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

My worry is, as we face the debate on the size of the armed forces, for example, on Russia's side and in the Baltics and in Poland…the debate in the US about the exorbitant increase in its military budget, that we are again facing the danger of a new arms race spiral.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Let's sit down as part of the NATO-Russia Council. But instead of repeating pro-Ukrainian, pro-coup – as I would put it – claims, lets…start working on what it was created for. Lets focus on European and Atlantic security.feedback

Michael Fallon

When some of the more ambitious plans were unveiled in Bratislava back in September, it fairly quickly became obvious that Britain was not alone in wanting to avoid duplication with Nato. There was strong support from the Balkan states, the Nordic states, from countries that I call sensible middle of the road countries like the Netherlands. So this is not just Britain.feedback

Michael Fallon

Most of these countries are also members of Nato, they don't want unnecessary headquarters being established and further generals and staff being appointed.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The European Union always takes a soft approach to hard security, but we also have some hard power that we are strengthening.feedback

Torsten Stephan

Maybe, with respect to the United States, you need to be careful what you wish for. Mr. Trump says that NATO may be obsolete, and that we need to be more independent. Well, maybe we will.feedback

Adam Schiff

You see in many parts of Europe a retreat to nationalism, a de-emphasis on human rights. You see in the countries of our NATO allies the imprisoning of journalists. We're seeing an awful turn away from representative government, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.feedback

Romano Prodi

Specifically? I give you a concrete example. The Americans say Nato one day is a very nice thing another day is a problem. In any case Europe must work for its own defence. So, a first reinforced cooperation could be 10 European countries start slowly putting together a defence.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Don't believe those who are saying that we have to spend more and more and more on defense. There are other means to safeguard the stability.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The military potential that the Russian Federation has built up here at the border is completely irrational in my view because there is zero threat emanating from these countries.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

No one expects a real military confrontation to happen here, but what there is, and what has been reported in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, are attempts at massive disinformation and influence campaigns.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We also have to consider whether Europe wants a Germany that invests 60 billion euros a year in the German army… This would be military supremacy in Europe, and I think our neighbors would not like to see that.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I think we need to ponder a couple of other aspects, starting with the fact that I do not believe that the security of Europe can be guaranteed solely with defence spending. Most wars and refugee developments that we are currently facing cannot be solved with more spending on equipment, but by protecting people from famine, poverty and war.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism and a Cold War that defeated communism. But our partners must meet their financial obligations. And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that. In fact, I can tell you the money is pouring in. Very nice. We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors richly deserve. My budget will also increase funding for our veterans. Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism. But our partners must meet their financial obligations. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off when there is less conflict -- not more.feedback

Pascal Bouchiat - Thales Group

We need to consider that all western countries today are willing to increase their defense spending. All our businesses are driving a better growth in 2016 compared to 2015. In the U.S., we don't sell that much to the defense sector as oppose to what we sell in defense in Europe and in particular in the Middle East.feedback

Mike Pence

We must stand strong in defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations in Europe. In the wake of Russian efforts to re-draw international borders by force, we will support efforts in Poland and the Baltic states through NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence initiative. The president of the United States and the American people expect our allies to keep their word and to do more in our common defense. And the president expects real progress by the end of 2017. If you don't yet have a plan – get one.feedback

Mike Pence

It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union. Whatever our differences, our two continents share the same heritage, the same values and above all the same purpose, to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and to those objectives we will remain committed.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

The idea of NATO is not obsolete, just like the values which lie at its foundation are not obsolete.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have to be agile. We have to be prepared for the unforeseen. And that's exactly what we are doing when we are increasing the readiness of our forces, when we are increasing the presence of our forces in the eastern part of the alliance ? and we are.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

On Feb. 20, the ceasefire regime will start, and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start to the places where they are supposed to be. We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed a conviction that this time, failure should not be allowed to take place.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have seen a more assertive Russia. We have seen a Russia that has invested heavily in new military capabilities, which has tripled spending on defense over the last years, and ? most importantly ? which has been willing to use military force against neighbors in Georgia and Ukraine. And that's exactly why NATO is responding in a measured defensive way.feedback

Angela Merkel

The Minsk agreement is the only channel we have to bring a solution to this conflict. The Minsk agreement started on the assumption that there was a road map, but when it was enacted there was no continuous ceasefire.feedback

Jeff Rathke

But everyone is aware that this is tentative until it is reaffirmed by the president in his own words. One tweet or statement casting doubt on the Europeans or on NATO will call back into question all of what Pence and Mattis have been saying.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I have no doubts that the American vice president, and also the defense minister, will do everything to take responsibility within NATO as in the past, and I don't think there is a big argument inside the American government. Since I haven't spoken to him, I can only say what I discussed with Mr. Pence - I did that and there are no doubts there.feedback

Michael Chertoff

They've all been consistent about the fact that there is a strong, deep and enduring commitment to Europe and to NATO and I think that message has been received.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

Looks like we have 2 governments. (at)VP just gave speech about shared values btwn US and Europe as (at)POTUS openly wages war on those values.feedback

Erna Solberg

That means they will distrust institutions, politicians, and maybe that is a bit of the aim ? to get people confused and increase the distrust.feedback

Erna Solberg

We are using one percent of our gross (domestic) product on development aid and conflict prevention, trying to solve problems around the world that lead to conflict and lead to the need for more military expenditure. There I think the Americans could follow a little bit better on. His basic view is to be against something -- Western values and Western ideas. It is a challenge. If you can't believe what's in the media, if you can't believe what you're reading, then there will be a lot of people who have distrust for everything.feedback

Erna Solberg

Creating jobs and job opportunities for young people in Europe, in Africa, is the most important part: that's the part of globalization that is important. We have to also be competitive, we have to make sure that we can create new jobs all around the world, because if large parts of our population don't have any hope for the future, and especially if young people don't have any hope for the future, they will be targets for extremists. That's the job of all political leaders.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The message from secretary Mattis was very firm and fair because it is fair of the U.S. to ask for more defense spending across Europe and Canada. We are seeing a more assertive Russia. We are seeing a Russia which has invested heavily in new military capabilities, which has tripled its spending on defense over the last years and, most important, which has been willing to use military force against neighbors in Georgia and Ukraine.feedback

Michael Chertoff

They've all been consistent about the fact that there is a strong, deep and enduring commitment to Europe and to NATO, and I think that message has been received.feedback

Mike Pence

Today, tomorrow and every day hence, be confident that the United States is now and will always be your greatest ally. President Trump and the American people are fully devoted to our transatlantic union.feedback

Angela Merkel

Russia is a neighbour of the European Union. Russia is on our external borders. I won't let up in efforts to establish a better relationship with Russia despite differing opinions on many issues.feedback

Mike Pence

Know this: The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable, even as we search for new common ground which as you know President Trump believes can be found. Let me be clear on this point: The president of the United States expects our allies to keep their word, to fulfill this commitment and, for most, that means the time has come to do more.feedback

Andrzej Duda

We only know what the media has reported and the statements that we've got. Now we are waiting for actions of the new government of Donald Trump.feedback

Angela Merkel

Will we be able to continue working well together or will we all fall back into our individual roles? I call on us, and I hope we will find a common position on this, let's make the world better together and then things will get better for every single one of us.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We are taking these people in and integrating them and preventing them going to other parts of the world as 'freedom fighter.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The question is not funding NATO or changing budgets, but how Europe can ... improve its deployability without creating a European army.feedback

Mike Pence

When even one ally fails to do their part, it undermines all of our ability to come to each other's aid.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

President Trump came into office and has thrown now his full support to NATO. He too espouses NATO's need to adapt to today's strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable, and relevant. I have great respect for Germany's leadership in Europe – and for the ethical performance of your troops on the battlefield.feedback

Sauli Niinisto

Our position is what has been agreed (between NATO countries) should be fulfilled, that's so simple in my opinion. I think that Europeans start to understand that they have to take more responsibility of their own security in spite of the fact that they are members of NATO and have a lot of trust to NATO.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I owe it to you to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States, and to state the fair demand from my country's people in concrete terms. America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defence. Our community of nations is under threat on multiple fronts as the arc of insecurity builds on NATO's periphery and beyond.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

It has been the American message for many, many years. I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this. I don't like our American friends narrowing down this concept of security to the military. If you look at what Europe is doing in defence, plus development aid, plus humanitarian aid, the comparison with the United States looks rather different. Modern politics cannot just be about raising defence spending. Europeans must bundle their defence spending better and spend the money more efficiently.feedback

Rose Gottemoeller - NATO

This multinational cooperation through NATO is a clear way for countries to significantly improve their armed forces while ensuring the greatest value for money for their taxpayers.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

This is a way to make what we do more efficient, and increase output.feedback

Michael Fallon

All members of NATO contributing a fair share of the burden. So other countries need to step up now to meet the commitment to spend two percent that we all agreed back at the Wales summit two and a half years ago. The impatience of the American taxpayer is a reality.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

America cannot care more for your children's future security than you do. America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this Alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's in everyone's interest to resume dialogue between the intelligence agencies of the United States and other members of NATO. It's absolutely clear that in the area of counter-terrorism all relevant governments and international groups should work together.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all. NATO has always stood for military strength and protection of the democracies and the freedoms we intend to pass on to our children.feedback

James Stavridis

One minute NATO is obsolete - the next minute he loves NATO. One minute NATO is an impediment and doesn't do anything for terrorism - the next minute NATO is the centerpiece of the global fight. Because of his personality: he's calm, he's centered, he's thoughtful, he's widely regarded with respect on both sides of the aisle in the United States.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

I think from the administration's point of view, this is an opportunity to make a very major pronouncement on its foreign policy and its European policy.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The events of 2014 were sobering and we must continue to adapt to what's been revealed to us in terms of our security challenges. The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the US.feedback

Michael Fallon

We are asking them to commit to an annual increase, which would at least demonstrate good faith. Nineteen members of the alliance don't reach 1.5 percent and five of those 19 don't reach 1 percent.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We do reduce defense spending in times when tensions are going down, we have to be able to increase defense spending when tensions are going up as they are now. In my two phone calls with President Trump defense spending has been a main topic and he has strongly expressed his strong commitment to NATO, to the transatlantic bond but at the same time President Trump has in both the phone calls also underlined the importance of a fairer burden sharing… And I agree with him.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

As long as we are strong, as long as we are united, as long as we are predictable, then we can also engage in a political dialogue with Russia. So I welcome a dialogue between NATO and Russia, but also of course between NATO allies, including the United States and Russia.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Frankly, this has no impact. I haven't changed what I'm heading there for. It doesn't change my message at all. Who is on the president's staff is who I will work with. And so, you know, it's full speed ahead.feedback

John McCain

General Flynn's resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus. General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.feedback

Oana Lungescu

NATO has been dealing with a significant increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Such a call never took place and this was an obvious example of disinformation. We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.feedback

John Nicholson

I have adequate resources in my counterterrorism mission. In my train, advise and assist mission, however, we have a shortfall of a few thousand. This is in the NATO train, advise and assist mission, so it can come from America or its allies.feedback

Adam Thomson - NATO

Every ally is locked in. It is impossible for Washington to act unilaterally without upsetting allies.feedback

Beat Wittmann

A Le Pen win in France with a clear program to put the EU, the euro, NATO, etc up for referendum of course is going to drive these spread yields as we get closer to the election.feedback

Klaus Iohannis

Romania needs a strong government which works transparently, which governs predictably, in the light of day, not hiding at night. Make good laws for Romania, not for a group of politicians with problems. That's what our EU and NATO partners expect from us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO Alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close. And they have to do that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have your back every hour, and every day, now and always. That also means getting our allies to pay their fair share. It's been very unfair to us. We strongly support Nato. We only ask that all of the Nato members make their full and proper financial contributions which many have them not been doing. Many of them have not been even close and they have to do that. Any negative polls are fake news, just like polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting. I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it.feedback

Theresa May

She "agreed to continue my efforts to persuade my fellow European leaders to deliver on their commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, so that the burden is more fairly shared.feedback

Andrius Tursa

A recent outburst in fighting in the Donbass, observed since January 28, follows a cyclical pattern of intensification and de-escalation, characteristic to this conflict. A frozen-conflict in the Donbass serves Russia's goals of preventing Ukraine from joining the EU and NATO. A more sustainable settlement would likely entail a wider agreement between Russia and Western powers, including the U.S.feedback

Marco Rubio

Only reason we should ever lift sanctions on #Putin is if he meets conditions of sanctions & ends violations of #ukraine sovereignty.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Both U.S. Vice President Pence and his colleague Tillerson made it clear in the talks that they have a strong interest in a united Europe, that they stand by a transatlantic partnership in NATO.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I am absolutely certain that the new president and the new administration will be strongly committed to a strong NATO.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We express regret for this hostile stance of the minister. We are sure that such allegations are baseless.feedback

Michael Fallon

Today we see a country that in weaponizing misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery. Russia is clearly testing NATO and the West. It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilize countries and weaken the alliance. Therefore it is in our interest and Europe's to keep NATO strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course.feedback

Francois Hollande

To appoint an ambassador, better for him to believe in the institution with which he would have to work. It is as simple as that. Who knows what the president of the United States really wants (on NATO)?feedback

Michael Fallon

President Trump has spoken about the need for engagement with Russia – he's right. We need to understand Russia better. There is nothing inevitable about a retreat to the days of the Cold War.feedback

Francois Hollande

Many countries have to realize that their future is first in the European Union, rather than who knows what bilateral relation with the United States. Who knows what the president of the United States really wants (on NATO)?feedback

Petro Poroshenko

Europe should realise that it would be more secure, reliable and happier with Ukraine.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Would he have been able to lay the foundations of a trade deal? No. Would he have got a 100 percent commitment to NATO? No. That's what Labour has to offer this country. Less protection for British citizens, less prosperous, less safe. He can lead a protest, I'm leading a country.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

Any meeting needs to have a solid basis in intelligence. I can't think of any subject that's going to be addressed at the NSC level or at the Cabinet level that's going to not require the perspective of our intelligence agencies.feedback

Michael McFaul

To not have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at all National Security Council meetings I think is a huge mistake. You need that expertise at every meeting. And same with the director of National Intelligence.feedback

Paul Jones

We will deter and defend across the whole spectrum of conflict.feedback

Mikhail Gorbachev

Russian aggression takes many forms. Cyber, misinformation, threatening other countries, Russian snap exercises. We're serious – this is not just a training exercise. It's to demonstrate a strategic message that you cannot violate the sovereignty of members of NATO ... Moscow will get the message – I'm confident of it.feedback

Ben Hodges

I don't see, and I have not heard, anything that would lead me to think that this could be curtailed. Our president has spoken with Prime Minister (Theresa) May, Chancellor (Angela) Merkel and President (Francois) Hollande and what I have heard is the affirmation of the importance of NATO and the United States commitment to NATO.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He will override. I'm giving him that power. It's very early to be talking about that. If we can have a great relationship with Russia and with China and with all countries, I'm all for that. That would be a tremendous asset. I don't say good, bad or indifferent. I don't know the gentleman. I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That's possible and it's also possible that we won't. We will see what happens. I think Brexit's going to be a wonderful thing for your country. Brexit was an example of what was to come.feedback

Theresa May

On defence and security cooperation, we are united in our recognition of NATO as the bulwark of our collective defense, and today we've reaffirmed our unshakable commitment to this alliance. Mr. President, I think you said, you confirmed that you're 100 percent behind NATO.feedback

Donald J. Trump

[Mattis] has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture. I don't necessarily agree, but I would tell you that he would override because I'm giving him that power. He's an expert. I've had many times when I thought I would get along with people, and I don't like them at all. And I've had some where I didn't think we'd have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship. We had a very good call. I have been very strong on Mexico. I'm not as brash as you might think. Brexit was an example of what was to come.feedback

Theresa May

It will take detailed work, but we welcome your openness to these discussions and hope we can make progress so that the new global Britain that emerges after Brexit is even better equipped to take its place confidently in the world. America's leadership role in NATO -- supported by Britain -- must be the central element around which the Alliance is built. Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe. And that is what we will deliver.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think I am a people person, and I think you are also, Theresa. The special relationship between our two countries has been one of the great forces for justice and for peace, and by the way, my mother was born in Scotland. If we can have a great relationship with Russia, with China, with all countries, I'm for that. No guarantees, but if we can, that would be positive.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said a long time ago – that NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two – the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay. I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It's obsolete because it wasn't taking care of terror.feedback

Christopher Preble

I expect to see a modest increase in military expenditures by a number of NATO countries over the next few years. This would be beneficial, for them, and for global security, generally. The mere possibility that a U.S. president might not honor defense commitments made over several decades likely induced NATO member states that had grown dependent upon the American security umbrella to hedge their bets...Trump's criticisms of NATO might have prompted some changes in the alliance's posture even if he had not been elected.feedback

Christopher Preble

NATO may not become obsolete, but it does need to consider the structure of the alliance. At the bare minimum, NATO will continue to exist as a coordinating mechanism that allows member states to share information and work together on security operations.feedback

Robert Reich

Donald Trump is treating the world economy as a zero-sum game, the assumption being 'make America first, we win or they win'. He's talking down NATO, the European community. He's making it seem as if trade is really bad for the United States and therefore we are going to put up trade barriers. This is not the kind of talk that will inspire confidence in global markets. And so I don't think this so-called rally, this Trump rally, is going to continue much longer.feedback

Thomas O. Karako

NATO countries have been aware of the integrated air and missile defence challenge for some time. We have to get on it, but we're not there yet.feedback

James Zogby

I know what worries me most, but I have no idea what he'll do because I don't think he knows either.feedback

Sarah Chappell

Is globalisation in retreat? Is Russia going to be the United States' new special relationship? Is the future of the EU, or of NATO even, in jeopardy? These are some of the big questions that have been swirling around the Davos forum this year.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

The two leaders discussed the importance of our shared values, and the secretary emphasized that when looking for allies to help defend these values, the United States always starts with Europe. Both pledged to consult in the months to come and look forward to meeting in person during the NATO Defense Ministerial in February.feedback