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Andrei Kamayev
NATO is getting closer and closer to us, despite the promises given in the early 1990s that it wouldn't expand this far east. We used to have the great and powerful Soviet Union and now Russia is surrounded all over.feedback
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NEW Aug 20 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about NATO. 330 people are quoted and you can read 756 citations of them about NATO. Jens Stoltenberg, Michael Fallon and Donald J. Trump, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Jens Stoltenberg said: “We have every reason to believe that it may be substantially more troops participating than the official reported numbers.”.
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Wesley Clark

I see a market generally under recognizing geostrategic risk. Geostrategic risk in Northeast Asia is rising. But here's the truth: There's no easy military solution.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Our NATO colleagues know all too well that they were invited to attend these exercises, and that they are transparent.feedback

Mike Pence

I bring greetings from President Donald Trump, who sent me here as a visible sign of the alliance that we now enjoy through NATO. The Western Balkans have the right to decide your own future, and that is your right alone. NATO is made up of large countries and small countries, but the U.S. has no small allies and we cherish our new alliance with Montenegro through NATO.feedback

Mike Pence

We truly believe the future of the Western Balkans is in the West, and we look forward to reaffirming the commitment of the United States to build the relationships that will strengthen the ties between the European community, the Western Balkans and the United States of America. Your courage particularly in the face of the Russian pressure inspires the world and I commend you for that.feedback

Mike Pence

We hope for better days, and we hope for better relations with Russia, but the recent diplomatic action taken by Moscow, I can assure, will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security, to that of our allies, and to freedom-loving nations around the world like Georgia. The current Russian exercises, which news reports today suggest will move up to 100,000 Russian troops into Belarus, is simply a confirmation of the importance of clarity within the NATO partnership.feedback

Mike Pence

Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force. And here in the western Balkans, Russia has worked to destabilize the region, undermine your democracies and divide you from each other and from the rest of Europe. The western Balkans have the right to decide your own future, and that is your right alone. Whether your future is in NATO, the European Union or both, the United States supports you – because either path will strengthen Europe. America first' does not mean America alone.feedback

Mike Pence

Your courage, particularly in the face of Russian pressure, inspires the world and I commend you for that. I bring greetings from President Donald Trump. He sent me here as a tangible sign of our commitment to Montenegro as the newest member of NATO.feedback

Mike Pence

America first does not mean America only. We are here to tell our friends in Georgia, we are with you. We stand with you and will stand with you as you pursue membership in NATO.feedback

Mike Pence

We'll continue to work closely with this prime minister and the government of Georgia broadly to advance the policies that will facilitate becoming a NATO member.feedback

Frederick B. Hodges

There is only one reason you would create a Guards Tank Army, and that is as an offensive striking force. This is not something for homeland security. That does not mean that they are automatically going to do it, but in terms of intimidation it is a means of putting pressure on allies.feedback

Phillip A. Karber

Just the presence of the First Guards Tank Army near the Polish border would put NATO on the horns of a dilemma. Does NATO reinforce the Baltics or defend eastern Poland? NATO does not have enough forces to do both in a short period of time. It adds to the political pressure Russia can bring to bear to keep the Baltic nations and Poland in line.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have every reason to believe that it may be substantially more troops participating than the official reported numbers.feedback

Guo Yu - Verisk Maplecroft

We see in Libya and Iraq countries who gave up their WMD programs, and foreign power campaigns that led to a regime change. To safeguard against that, North Korea (is) firmly in the belief that they need to have credible nuclear deterrent, and they believe that as a sovereign country they have the right to do so.feedback

Mike Pence

To be clear: We hope for better days, and better relations with Russia, recent diplomatic action taken by Moscow will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security, the security of our allies, and the security of freedom-loving nations around the world. We stand together, here and across the world, because we know that a strong and united NATO is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of Communism a quarter-century ago, and no threat looms larger in the Baltic states than the specter of aggression from your unpredictable neighbor to the east.feedback

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

How do we proceed? Do we spend more money on [defense]? Do we start pushing for something in the European Union? Do we want NATO to have a shift in focus?feedback

Dmitri Trenin

The Baltic states right now are seen as a U.S./NATO foothold close to Russia's main [power] centers; Georgia is a U.S. ally in the Caucasus and the Black Sea region, a sensitive area in security terms.feedback

Janis Garisons

We learned, of course, that there was not only the issue of loyalty, but also false orders were submitted and there was a blockage of communication during the Crimea operation.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We always have to be vigilant. We always have to develop our intelligence tools and to be able to see any attempts to try to undermine the loyalty of our forces.feedback

Jerry Hendrix - Center for a New American Security

Unfortunately some of those technologies did not mature. Hence, we're seeing some delays in some critical programs, including the new Ford-Class carrier. The Russians have made decisions to invest in fairly exquisite platforms, like the new Yasen-Class submarine, which is a nuclear powered, fast-attack boat which is very advanced. And if they got two or three of those loose in the Atlantic, and we didn't know where they were, it would cause real complications for the United States as well as NATO.feedback

Grigory Karasin

This artificial buffoonery over the routine Zapad-2017 exercises is aimed at justifying the sharp intensification of the NATO bloc (activities) along the perimeter of Russian territory.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

I've never in my life seen a relationship between two major countries where the interests are so misaligned while the leaders are so buddy-buddy. It doesn't add up. Trump has been inconsistent on his China policy, he's been inconsistent on his Nato policy. On any foreign policy issue he's been on both sides. Except Russia. It doesn't make sense. The fact he was willing to do this in front of global leaders shows he just doesn't care how America is perceived.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

This is a credible deterrence, not to provoke a conflict but to prevent conflict.feedback

Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine has clearly defined its political future and its future in the sphere of security. Today we clearly stated that we would begin a discussion about a membership action plan and our proposals for such a discussion were accepted with pleasure. This does not mean that we will soon be applying for membership.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

So NATO will continue to support Ukraine on the path towards a close relationship with NATO, to implementing reforms and to meeting NATO standards. And then the message is that whether Ukraine is going to become a member of NATO or not is for the allies and Ukraine to decide, no one else has a right to try to veto such a process.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

It (Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO) will not contribute to the strengthening of stability and security on the European continent.feedback

Oleksandr Sushko

Although there is no direct ban on the accession of a belligerent country, there is a logic which means granting NATO membership to a country must add stability and security to the Alliance and the world as a whole. There is a large group of NATO members who would not like to increase tensions in relations with Russia. And it is clear that any move towards Ukraine's accession will mean additional tension.feedback

Maria Korenyuk

If a NATO membership referendum was held this year, almost 70% of voters would say "yes" according to recent surveys. What is remarkable is that since 2012 the number of the North Atlantic Alliance supporters has tripled in the country. The main reason for this is the armed conflict in Ukrainian Donbass.feedback

Andriy Parubiy

The Ukrainian army is becoming one of the most powerful armies in the region. Moreover, the army has real combat experience, the experience of modern warfare which means the Ukrainian army is capable of defending not only the Ukrainian border, but also the eastern border of NATO, and the eastern border of the entire free world.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We must reinforce the foundation among Japan, the U.S. and Europe that share common principles and values by further strengthening Japan-NATO relations.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

I see the tide turning. NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts.feedback

Wesley Clark

It's not that you can do a disarming first strike and take out all of its nuclear weapons, take out the missiles, and say, OK, there you are.feedback

Wesley Clark

I think that this is a speech which will help the United States reassert its leadership role that it must have in Europe and strengthen the trans-Atlantic bonds.feedback

Wesley Clark

We've got to think through this and not fall back on the sort of reflex that says we've got the greatest military in the world.feedback

Donald J. Trump

America is committed to maintaining peace and security in central and eastern Europe. We're working with Poland in response to Russia's actions and destabilising behaviour, and we're grateful for the example Poland has set for every member of the NATO Alliance by being one of the few nations that actually meets its financial obligations.feedback

Andrzej Duda

We are simply an important country in this part of the world. We are among the biggest countries in Europe, we are a leader of central Europe, and President Trump ... understands this.feedback

Julie Smith

The White House sees opportunities to fix the problem that they created in Brussels where it looked like there was a big trans-Atlantic divide. If he has a very warm welcome in Poland...that could help push back on the narrative that he's not developing strong partnerships with our closest allies.feedback

H.R. McMaster

He (President Trump) will lay out a vision not only for America's future relationship with Europe, but the future of our trans-Atlantic alliance, and what that means for American security and American prosperity.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our strong alliance with Poland and NATO remains critical to deterring conflict and ensuring that war between great powers never again ravages Europe, and that the world will be a safer and better place. America is committed to maintaining peace and security in Central and Eastern Europe.feedback

Slawomir Kaminski

I am here because the most powerful politician in the world is here. Look at him pressuring the NATO members to raise their military spending. That's what we need.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride. America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. We are going to get it to stop. While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind. To those who would criticize our tough stance, I would point out that the United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment.feedback

Gabi Zimmer

What we need is a stabilization in the countries outside the EU, our neighbouring countries and I think that a stronger defence union and a lot of pressure on the Eastern countries is not good for stabilization.feedback

Steven E Gventer - US Army

They're family. I know if someone tells me to leave the base to go out and defend, the British and the Romanians will go with me.feedback

Craig Hymel

To show the flag out here is reassuring to our allies. We're showing, by all of us being here, that we're all committed to the collective defense of NATO against any aggressor.feedback

Derek Chollet

They have spent a lot of their time trying to undo or explain away some of the images and the mood that came out of the last trip to Europe.feedback

Vincent Cochetel - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Quite often we see shipping companies switching off their GPS system … in order not to rescue people. This is also happening on a daily basis in the Mediterranean sea. Can you tell me how many ships operating under NATO Operation Sea Guardian, have been rescuing people at sea from the central Mediterranean over the last two or three years? Has that happened? Can we have a code of conduct for military ships cruising through the central Mediterranean?feedback

Piotr Wilczek

As far as Russia is concerned, what's important for us is NATO deterrence. We'd like to hear that [affirmation] every day from the president of the United States and actually from leaders of all other NATO countries.feedback

Hamidreza Taraghi

Instead of making an Arab NATO, they are only making more enemies. In the end, only America is benefiting, selling all those weapons to those countries.feedback

Gianni Pitella

After a few months of his presidency, Trump has already jeopardised the Paris agreement on the climate change, endangered the EU-US and Nato relationships, and now he risks blowing up the already very delicate situation in Poland and eastern Europe.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

That's not to say they wouldn't modernise their forces if the United States didn't, but US improvements can drive requirements in those countries to compensate or match the US capabilities.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

Trump's statements and general style so far appear to have increased concern in Europe and Asia about US security commitments, including providing a nuclear umbrella. If those concerns continue and deepen, they could potentially cause some of those countries to reevaluate whether they need to develop nuclear weapons for their own security. The projected increases in U.S. spending are not unexpected. The current U.S. administration is continuing the ambitious nuclear modernisation plans set out by President Barack Obama.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

Although Trump can't directly affect other countries' nuclear arsenals, his policies can certainly influence how they view the need for nuclear weapons. An increase or significant improvement of the US nuclear arsenal is likely to help fuel modernization plans in other countries.feedback

Kirill Kruglov - Kaspersky Lab

At the moment it is hard to say whether ExPetr is specifically targeting any particular industry, or if it has hit so many industrial entities coincidentally. However, the nature of this malware is such that it could easily stop the operation of a production facility for a considerable amount of time. That is why this attack is such a vivid example of why industrial entities should be reliably protected from cyberthreats.feedback

Tyler Moffitt - Webroot

The underlying motive appears to be aimed at wreaking the maximum amount of disruption in Ukrainian infrastructure, while merely operating under the guise of ransomware. This suspicion is supported by the absence of a payment portal or functional email address to deliver the ransom payment.feedback

Gavin O'Gorman

Perhaps this attack was never intended to make money, rather to simply disrupt a large number of Ukrainian organizations. Launching an attack that would wipe victim hard drives would achieve the same effect, however, that would be an overtly aggressive action. Effectively wiping hard drives through the pretense of ransomware confuses the issue, leaving victims and investigators to ask: 'Are the attackers politically motivated, or criminally motivated?feedback

Harjit Sajjan

Afghanistan is obviously very important to us, and we're going to monitor the situation. The military is not going to give you that complete victory. It takes an entire whole of government approach for it; the real solution will come from the political side.feedback

Michael Fallon

We are in it for the long haul, it's a democracy that has asked for our help and it is important that Europe responds. Transnational terror groups that operate in Afghanistan are a threat to us in Western Europe and to the continued existence of the Afghan state.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have to put this into context and understand that this is about training, assisting and advising the Afghan forces. NATO has ended our combat operation in Afghanistan. What we do now is not to conduct combat operations but to help the Afghans fight and to help the Afghans take full responsibility for the security in their own country.feedback

Heather Conley

Most of the countries (at the Warsaw summit) see Russia as their main security threat and most strongly support NATO and would like a stronger U.S. force presence in their countries.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO has established a trust fund for cyber defence where we finance the programs, the activities we do. I think that the cyber attacks we have seen this week very much highlight the importance of the support, the help NATO ... provides to Ukraine to strengthen its cyber defences, technical and other kinds of support.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We are implementing our cyber defense pledge which is ensuring that we are strengthening the cyber defences of both Nato networks but also helping Nato allies. We share best practices and technology and we also work more and more closely with all allies looking into how we can integrate their capabilities, strengthening Nato's capability to defend our networks. We have also decided that a cyberattack can trigger Article 5.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those so-called friends don't see any issue walking along with terror organisations who want to divide Turkey.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Then we will present to the president a strategy that has been informed by our allies, including Afghanistan, and given a framework that is regional in nature and focuses on how do we end this war, but on conditions that remove the dangers to the Afghan people, and to us, and to all the nations that have been attacked by terrorist groups out of that region.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who think that they can fool Turkey by saying that they will get those weapons back will eventually understand the vital mistake they made, but it will be too late.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

All of these moves are against Nato. In this case, the Nato treaty should be revised. We will call to account the real owners of those weapons for every drop of blood they shed with those weapons.feedback

Michael Fallon

There are some 10,000 servicemen and women who are working for us around the globe on operations or in our bases. They have been helping to deal with Daesh terrorism, they have been helping to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, they have been on Nato deployments, they have been peacekeeping in South Sudan.feedback

Michael Fallon

The armed forces are always ready now to deploy in aid of the police, as back-up for the armed police and in aid of local authorities. The operation after Manchester has been well-rehearsed. They were ready to deploy. They have been helping to deal with Daesh terrorism, they have been helping to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, they have been on Nato deployments, they have been peacekeeping in South Sudan.feedback

Michael Fallon

The armed forces are always ready now to deploy in aid of the police, as back-up for the armed police and in aid of local authorities. The operation after Manchester has been well-rehearsed. They were ready to deploy. We deployed nearly 1,000 armed troops within 12 hours on the streets, which freed up armed police to do more patrolling. They have been helping to deal with Daesh terrorism, they have been helping to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, they have been on Nato deployments, they have been peacekeeping in South Sudan.feedback

Sergei Shoigu

This is tied with the upsurge of military activity of NATO countries in Eastern Europe.feedback

Sergei Shoigu

Some countries are seeking to use military force as a tool to achieve geopolitical goals, apart from political, informational and economic pressure. These unjustified actions of our Western colleagues lead to the destruction of the security system in the world. It increases mutual distrust and forces us to respond.feedback

Simon Cox

The Lithuanians are not there to support our training: they are there to support their own training. They have no interest in making our job easy or giving us an easy ride.feedback

Heidi Grant - Air Force

My observation is that years ago many countries depended on the U.S. but I think that in the last several years our partners are realizing that our stocks and munitions aren't what they used to be.feedback

Tod D. Wolters

The presence of the U.S. F-35A at this Paris Air Show shows a degree of cooperation with our partners. And the NATO region will very soon further embrace the F-35Bs in the United Kingdom. The more we sit together side by side and think through ways to better integrate the better. That is exactly what is happening at this air show.feedback

Ben Hodges

The gap is vulnerable because of the geography. It's not inevitable that there's going to be an attack, of course, but ... if that was closed, then you have three allies that are north that are potentially isolated from the rest of the alliance. We have to practice, we have to demonstrate that we can support allies in keeping (the Gap) open, in maintaining that connection.feedback

Sanjay Jha - Panmure Gordon & Co.

The economic backdrop remains supportive, with expectations that US and overall Nato defence spending will pick up after years of stagnation. Self-help measures should continue to improve margins.feedback

John Gronski

I think it's important for the soldiers to train on land that they may have to defend some day.feedback

Valdemaras Rupsys

This is only a small-scale drill compared to what would be needed in case of a real attack, but it is important for us because it shows that allies share our worries.feedback

Steven Gventer - US Army

The training helps present a credible defence force that hopefully will deter aggression, but if not, we'll be prepared to move to defend the borders of NATO.feedback

Dana White

The president has delegated force management authority for Afghanistan to the secretary. Any decisions about troop numbers will be made only after consultation with the inter-agency, the Afghan government, NATO allies and coalition partners.feedback

George H.W. Bush

The man I consider one of the greatest leaders in post-War Europe. Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great joys of my life. Throughout our endeavours, Helmut was a rock, both steady and strong. We mourn his loss today, even as we know his remarkable life will inspire future generations of leaders to dare and achieve greatness.feedback

Helmut Kohl

I cited a 1970s-era NATO statement and said that NATO supported reunification. ... Thatcher stamped her feet in anger and screamed at me, That's how you see it! That's how you see it! I ask myself where Germany stands today and where it wants to go.feedback

George H.W. Bush

Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great joys of my life. Throughout our endeavors, Helmut was a rock – both steady and strong. We mourn his loss today, even as we know his remarkable life will inspire future generations f leaders to dare and achieve greatly. May Almighty God bless Helmut Kohl and the freedom he helped to secure.feedback

Axel Eggert

The EU is a NATO partner of the U.S., therefore this doesn't make sense. The EU should have a full exemption from 232 measures. We fear there could be a broad application of section 232 that would be reason enough to provoke a reaction from the EU under WTO rules. The Commission is looking into all the options.feedback

Daulat Waziri

The United States knows we are in the fight against terrorism, . We want to finish this war in Afghanistan with the help of the NATO alliance.feedback

Teimuraz Ramishvili

Norway has to understand that after becoming an outpost of NATO, it will have to face head-on Russia and Russian military might.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to NATO. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up and they're doing that. Very proud of that fact. The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS! They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals. Just yesterday we learned that one of the largest insurers is pulling out of Ohio. That could mean another 20,000 counties and 19,000 people will have no plan available to them.feedback

Bruno Cautrès

He had series of impressive international events with the NATO summit, the G-7 and the meeting with Putin at Versailles.feedback

Angela Merkel

Britain is a member of NATO, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in. But obviously while also asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm committing the United States to Article Five. Certainly we are there to protect. That's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force, by paying the kinds of money necessary to have that force. Because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to NATO.... Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up. And they're doing that. Very proud of that fact. Because together we can confront the common security challenges facing the world. We hope our other NATO allies will follow Romania's lead.feedback

Sean Spicer

Having to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is almost laughable.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well, I'm committing the United States, and have committed, but I'm committing the United States to Article 5. Yes, absolutely I'd be committed to Article 5. Certainly we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force, by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up and they're doing that. Very proud of that fact.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Certainly, we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force, but yes absolutely I'd be committed to Article Five.feedback

Donald J. Trump

NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense. I will say this – that because of our actions, money is starting to pour into NATO. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it is time to pay up, and they are doing that. Very proud of that fact.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Our deference to NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts. We have no other choice than to defend our own interests in the Middle East, in climate change, in our trade agreements.feedback

Philip Gordon

With Trump's rude, insulting and destabilizing NATO trip, Obama hardly needs to go out of his way to remind people how disastrous Trump is for the trans-Atlantic alliance. The comparison is inevitable and, I'm sure, doesn't bother him.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It is just 11 years since your country regained independence and your accession to NATO will strengthen that independence. I want to congratulate the government and the people of Montenegro for everything you have achieved. With NATO membership our future will be stable, secure and prosperous and we will make decisions about the most important issues within the strongest, the most organised and most efficient alliance in the history of mankind.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

We hope to get endorsement for this at the Trieste summit. With the political will, we can have this done within a year.feedback

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European citizens see security as the number one thing that Europe should provide to them, so it's time to propose this. All developments in the United States will make our cooperation (in Europe) stronger. We will work more closely in the European Union, what we want to achieve is to have a stronger European defence and a stronger NATO. Up until now, member states were doing things completely separately, without any cooperation. I want to appeal to the member states to think about common projects, because the money will be there.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

It is highly unlikely that there would be fewer funds available to NATO. NATO does not have its own forces, it is 'merely' a structure to integrate and coordinate national forces. It is also highly unlikely that any EU defense union structure would not be the disposal of NATO should they be needed either for the defense of Europe, or for missions somewhere else in the world.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

As long as we make sure or the European Union makes sure that what the EU does is complementary to NATO, not competing with NATO.feedback

Mikhail Ulyanov

The fact that NATO forces are converging near Russia's borders and carrying out military exercises supported by strategic bombers from the USA capable of carrying nuclear weapons hardly helps de-escalate tensions in Europe.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

One of the odder aspects of that very bad, no good, horrible McMaster and Cohn op-ed of last week was their claim that President Trump had affirmed Article 5 of NATO — “an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies” — when he very clearly had not. Yesterday, Politicos Susan Glasser [].feedback

Boris Johnson

I don't think people in this room or around Britain realise quite how much other countries look to us and depend on us. We are one of the great nuclear powers of the world. We are the second biggest Nato contributor. We have a huge military presence around the world ... They would be appalled if Britain was suddenly abstracted, taken away, from the defence of Europe and of the world. And that would be the real tragedy, in my view, of a Jeremy Corbyn premiership.feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented – a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. The U.S. demands from their allies to raise their spending and simultaneously says that NATO is not going to attack anybody. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union … there is no longer any … Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for? NATO has already been talking about transformation … into a political organization, as the kind of an organization that creates the elements of stability in the world.feedback

Donald J. Trump

An attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all.feedback

Dusko Markovic

[This] is a historic event for a country and a nation which endured enormous sacrifices in the 19th and 20th centuries in order to defend their right to a free life, the right to decide on our own future, the right to be recognized by the world under our own name, and with our national symbols. This is also confirmation of something that has never been questioned – that Americans remain committed to the stability and security of the Western Balkans and Europe.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We are an alliance of democracies and we have at time different political perspectives, but together we rise above those differences and unite around a common purpose. To stand with each other, to protect each other, and if necessary to fight to defend each other.feedback

Charles Michel

I condemn this brutal act against #ParisAccord @realDonaldTrump Leadership means fighting climate change together. Not forsaking commitment.feedback

Angela Merkel

The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

German MPs can visit the Konya base. There is no problem to visit Konya where we have a NATO base. And we are working on the technical details. At the moment there is no decision for Incirlik.feedback

Vladimir Putin

In a sense that maybe, they [NATO] should completely be falling apart, that will help, but we don't see that falling apart just yet.feedback

Vladimir Putin

My answer is no. There were no agreements. We didn't even come close to that. We didn't even start negotiations. Does squabbling over NATO help Russia? It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Donald J. Trump

Even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got.feedback

Piers Cazalet - NATO

NATO is a defensive alliance and we do not seek confrontation with Russia. NATO had no plan to deploy forces in the region before Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

Having pulled out of the Paris accord, after sowing doubt at NATO and killing the TPP, President Trump is on the way to ending the U.S.-led international order. I think we're heading toward a Hobbesian, each-on-his-own world.feedback

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand

I don't think that more U.S. or NATO soldiers can solve the security problems in Afghanistan.feedback

Adam Thomson - NATO

Not all allies accept that NATO is an acceptable brand in Iraq. They are also worried about a slippery slope that leaves NATO holding the baby should the U.S. role diminish.feedback

Ian Cave

While this is a first time that this particular set of exercises takes place in Romania, the desired effect is to practice the ability to deliver to our politicians the capability they've requested of us.feedback

Barack Obama

The more NATO countries spend, the worse it is for Russia. What Trump's doing really is increasing NATO's ability to deter any kind of aggression on its borders.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president is getting results, and more countries are stepping up their burden-sharing. That is a good thing for them, it's a good thing for NATO and it's a good thing for America.feedback

Sushma Swaraj

By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive # Kabul blast.feedback

Thorsten Benner

Trump's approach to NATO may end up benefiting Europe.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change. Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.feedback

Frederick Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

I found him very willing to engage, very curious, with an ability and desire to ask questions and to learn from all his interlocutors.feedback

Marise Payne

These additional (Australian Defence Force) members will allow Australia to commit additional advisers to further develop the long-term capabilities of the Afghan security forces, as part of our current train, advise and assist mission.feedback

Anne Applebaum

American influence on the continent is at its weakest in recent memory.feedback

Michael Fallon

Look at the man's actions, not just his words…this is a man who has opposed every piece of anti-terrorist legislation, who does not support, noticeably this morning, does not support our military action in Iraq and Syria where the RAF are trying to keep us safe, dealing with terrorists who are planning attacks against western Europe and indeed against this country and has always questioned the nuclear deterrent and indeed our Nato deployments. We would certainly be less safe if Jeremy Corbyn was Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn is soft on terrorism.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

His rhetoric and actions suggest he does not consider it a priority to build good and engaging relations with allies the U.S. so far considered its most important ones.feedback

Julianne Smith

It all fits with his strategic ambiguity approach to life. It may do wonders when dealing with adversaries. But it doesn't work when dealing with allies.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I think it's extraordinary that there would be an expectation that the president would have to say explicitly that he supports Article 5. Of course he does. He did not make a decision not to say it. It was implicit in the speech. There was no decision to not put it in there. It is a matter of fact that the United States, the president, stands firmly behind our Article 5 commitments under NATO.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Europe may owe itself; it certainly owes nothing to the U.S.feedback

Barack Obama

One of the things that I think, medium and long term, we'll have to examine is whether everybody is chipping in. And this can't just be a U.S. exercise or a British exercise or one country's efforts.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

Why would the British people want as their leader a man who for years supported the IRA?feedback

Priti Patel

In two weeks' time there is a choice. Either Jeremy Corbyn negotiating Brexit just 11 days after the election, or Theresa May. Brexit is central to everything – a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

Priti Patel

Corbyn didn't answer a single question in that interview. He spent half an hour trying to escape from everything he had said and done in his 30 years in politics. The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support NATO, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families.feedback

Priti Patel

The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support Nato, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families…Brexit is central to everything; a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to work within Nato to achieve stability. I want to work within Nato to promote a human rights democracy and under a Labour government that's exactly what we'd be doing.feedback

Donald Rumsfeld

Those countries, for the most part, are not meeting the NATO target. And they should, and someone needs to tell them that, and I'm glad he did it.feedback

Ivo Daalder

The leaders of NATO were ... hoping to hear those words of affirmation. It didn't happen ... and that was a problem.feedback

James Nixey - The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Article 5 is the whole point of NATO. Articles 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all about talking. Article 5 is all about action – it's the only article that really means anything. It depends whether you believe that America has a role to play in global security. If you do, then NATO is critical. Most NATO states are committed to democracy. Once you start to undermine the alliance then the whole post-Cold War order breaks down.feedback

Sean Spicer

We all understand that by being part of NATO we have treaty obligations and commitments that we made as being part of NATO. So to have to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is almost laughable.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think it's a bit silly because by being here at such a ceremony, we all understand that by being part of NATO we treat the obligations and commitments.feedback

Dusko Markovic

It didn't really register. I just saw reactions about it on social networks. It is simply a harmless situation.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

First, how nations intend to meet their commitments to spend two percent of GDP on defence, of which 20 percent should be invested in major equipment. Second, how to invest additional funding in key regional capabilities that we need. Third, how allies intend to contribute to NATO missions, operations and other engagements.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even two percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing readiness and the size of forces. We have to make up for the many years lost. Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats.feedback

Donald J. Trump

NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

Citing the amount not spent over the years is fine, but demanding back taxes is not justified and only alienates allies.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Manchester was a consequence of one person going into a music event and killing a very large number of people. There can be no defensive whatsoever of that. I do not in any way change that view. That is just a vile, horrible event ... I made the point that if we are to have a secure future we have got to look at ungoverned spaces around the world and the consequences of our wars and interventions. It is not just me as I said. It's MI5, the foreign affairs committee. No. What I've done – no, no ... Nato exists. It was a product initially of the Atlantic Charter in 1942, it then became.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

We know the history, Mr Corbyn. I'm trying to work out if you would be a committed supporter of Nato as every previous prime minister of this country has been?feedback

Miroslav Lajcak

An optimistic interpretation of his words is that the commitment under Article V is so obvious there was no need to mention it but I still would have preferred if it was mentioned.feedback

Witold Waszczykowski

It is much better than just a declaratory mention of Article V. I prefer to have 5,000 troops from the United States in Poland. This is a commitment.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

What I heard from him yesterday in the meeting made me relaxed.feedback

Dusko Markovic

I didn't really register it, I just saw the reaction to it on social media. It is quite simply a harmless situation. I don't take it any other way ... But since today journalists are referring to that scene in different ways I would also wish to tell you that it is natural that the President of the United States is in the front row.feedback

Angela Merkel

NATO will now also formally join the alliance against ISIL. After all, member states have done so, as well as the EU. I think this is a strong signal, but it's also clear this does not entail any further contribution by Germany beyond what we are doing at the moment.feedback

Sean Spicer

We are not playing cutesie with this. He is fully committed. BARE MINIMUM.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It's totally out of the question for NATO to engage in any combat operations.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

Karen Attiah

European leaders should be fuming. Also, did Trump just shove a NATO ally?feedback

Donald J. Trump

For 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defence. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years. Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks or the horror we saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever. You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout and in many cases we have no idea who they are.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

My feeling is that we agreed on many areas. First and foremost, on counter-terrorism, and I am sure that I do not have to explain why. But some issues remain open, like climate and trade. I am not 100 per cent sure that we can say today - we meaning President Trump and myself - that we have a common opinion about Russia, although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, it seems that we were on the same line. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, and not just interests.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We have an extremely large agenda to discuss: the fight against terrorism, the economy, [and] climate and energy. The occasion of the NATO summit also allows us to have a first meeting, and I am very happy to be able to change many things together.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Today we will decide to expand our support to the coalition with more Awacs [Airborne Warning and Control System] flight time, more information sharing and air-to-air refuelling. This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our co-ordination within the coalition but it does not mean that NATO will engage in combat operations.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have two major items on our agenda: Stepping up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden sharing in our Alliance. We will agree to establish a new terrorism intelligence cell here at NATO headquarters. Improving how we share intelligence, including on foreign fighters. And we will decide to appoint a coordinator to oversee NATO's efforts in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

I think that the larger goal of having a kind of a calm summit is probably wise done the way it is. Burden-sharing and a wider role in counterterrorism is something that he's stated. This is the first meeting of NATO with a new president. … Nothing glaring has happened on the Russian side apart from just the same old same old.feedback

Ivo Daalder

When you say 'I support NATO,' does that mean you unconditionally support defending all the allies? Does it mean that you understand that Russia poses the most severe threat to NATO today? On both of those issues Trump has been silent. Strangely silent.feedback

Oana Lungescu

The 25th of May meeting will be short, and focused on two main topics: stepping up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism, and fairer burden sharing.feedback

Oana Lungescu

This is part of NATO's ongoing adaptation to the most serious security challenges in a generation, including terrorism and instability in our southern neighbourhood, and Russia's aggressive actions in and around Europe. While we do not expect any new decisions on Russia, NATO allies will reconfirm our long-standing twin-track policy: strong defence combined with meaningful dialogue. As the leaders meet in Brussels, four NATO multinational battlegroups are deploying to the Baltic States and Poland as a clear signal of NATO's readiness to defend all allies.feedback

Tomas Valasek

Trump has challenged the idea that active engagement in Europe is a core U.S. interest. He appears to regard all foreign relations as zero-sum transactions, in which each contribution to someone else's security represents a net loss to the United States.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I am not 100 percent sure we can say today -- we means [Trump] and myself -- that we have a common position, common opinion about Russia. Although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, it seems that we were on the same line.feedback

Sean Spicer

It goes without saying. His presence at this event underscores our commitments and treaty obligations.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

My main message to President Trump was that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental western values, like freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, and not just interests. Values and principles first – this is what we, Europe and America, should be saying.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

You know Mr President we have two presidents in the EU. I know that.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Fundamental western values of freedom, human rights untie US and EU. We discussed foreign policy, security, climate and trade relations. My feeling is that we agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Sharing intelligence is of great importance. Sharing intelligence is based on trust and we have seen in Nato over many many years that we have been able to share intelligence in a good way and that has been of great importance to the alliance and for all allies.feedback

Ian Blair

The bombings outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub, on the day Gordon Brown became prime minister, these were paediatricians from Edinburgh. They had never been on any watchlist. It is a difficult situation.feedback

Ian Blair

I'm afraid this reminds me exactly of what happened after 7/7, when the US published a complete picture of the way the bombs had been made up. We had the same protests. It's a different world in how the US operates in the sense of how they publish things. And this is a very grievous breach but I'm afraid it's the same as before. I remember the dilemmas when I was commissioner, running through the different priority targets and understanding that you can only cover so many of them.feedback

Theresa May

A strong, capable and united Nato is at the heart of the security of each and every one of our nations. Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As the president has said, he really wants participating Nato members to step up and fully meet their obligations of the burden sharing. Two per cent of GDP was a target they all agreed to. I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them, saying: 'Look, the US is spending 4 per cent. We're doing a lot. The American people are doing a lot for your security for our joint security. You need to make sure you're doing your share for your own security as well.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Of course we support Article 5. The only time Article 5 has been invoked was in 9/11. They are going to have to address the situation in Ukraine and we have been pretty clear with them what that means. It means moving forward with the Minsk accord and restoring Ukraine sovereignty.feedback

Theresa May

Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon. We must redouble our resolve to meet the threats to our shared security, whether from terrorism or Russia.feedback

Adam Schiff

If that's something that we did, I think that's a real problem. If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain - perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber - then that's a real problem and they have every right to be furious.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Stronger European Union in the field of security and defence makes NATO stronger and a stronger NATO is key to European but also to American security.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Terrorists struck again this week in Manchester, this was a barbaric attack, which deliberately targeted children, young people and their families.That is also why one of the two main topics that we are going to discuss tomorrow is how NATO can step up its efforts contributing to the fight against terrorism.feedback

Roberto Castaldi

The relationship (between the U.S. and Europe) has started changing in fact already under Obama with the shift of the American strategic focus to the Pacific. This power vacuum that the Americans left is the condition of possibility for Russia invading Crimea and for the destabilisation of the Middle East and North Africa. So Trump is just accelerating this trend, which puts more pressure on the Europeans to cope with their neighbourhood and to stabilise their neighbourhood…to fill the power vacuum that the Americans left.feedback

Barack Obama

I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty Alliance. We have a solemn duty to each other. Article Five is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, who will come to help,' you'll know the answer–the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

President Trump has clearly stated his strong support to NATO. The core task of NATO is collective defense. By expressing strong support to NATO, to our security guarantees, the United States, President Trump, his security team, has also of course expressed strong support of Article 5, because Article 5, collective defense, is NATO's core task.feedback

Jeff Rathke

The administration has not yet articulated any kind of agenda for the (trade) relationship with the European Union.feedback

Christophe Castaner

The president will say that he is attentive to this (Trump's call), but to make clear that it is not about transforming NATO into the sole strike force against Islamic State.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO joining the coalition will also provide a better platform for coordinating the activities of NATO allies ... in the fight against terrorism. It sends a strong and clear message of unity in the fight against terrorism and especially in light of the terrorist attacks in Manchester.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Fair burden sharing has been my top priority since taking office. We are now working to keep up the momentum, including by developing national plans outlining how to make good on what we agreed in 2014.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I expect Nato allies to step up and agree to do more in the fight against terrorism, not least because of what we saw in Manchester on Monday. [Nato membership of the Coalition would] send a strong and clear message of unity in fight against terrorism and in light of attacks in Manchester it's important that we send this clear message that we are united in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Derek Chollet

The bar for success at this meeting, which NATO is not even bothering to call a summit, is incredibly low. This is an ambition-less summit; it's about showing up. The people preparing it define success as Trump shows up, there's no drama, the right things are said and everyone gets out cleanly.feedback

Nicholas Burns

Trump needs to speak and act on this trip to inspire respect from his peers. They will be wondering if he is reliable, and can they trust his word, or is he handicapped by scandal.feedback

Derek Chollet

Trump's views can be shaped. NATO leaders will try to convince him about the importance of NATO and that he's winning. I believe it will all be fine.feedback

Tomas Valasek

To the extent there is substance, the allies are going out of their way to say they've heard him loud and clear, and will spend more on defense and focus more on counterterrorism. But there will be an effort to make sure Trump feels comfortable with the alliance and give him no reason to break with it.feedback

Martha Crenshaw

There are a whole lot of difficulties with that kind of alliance formation. It's a dangerous direction to take because it cements the divide between Iran and the Arab countries.feedback

Dalia Dassa Kaye

There are great divisions within the Arab world, even within the GCC you see some Gulf states more worked up about Iran than others. The Saudis and Emirates are more concerned about growing Iranian influence. The Omanis and Kuwaitis are less concerned. So you see fissures there. All these countries have internal domestic vulnerabilities.feedback

Luke Coffey

I think it was like a trial balloon that someone in the administration probably sent up to see kind of how people gauge it or how people would respond to it. These countries in the region are very suspicious of multilateral institutions. The best way for the U.S. to do this is by having very strong bilateral relationships with the countries in the region.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

My thoughts are w/ the young people & all affected in barbaric #Manchester attack. #NATO stands with the UK in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Hans Peter Doskozil

I strongly condemn Turkey's course of action in Nato. It is irresponsible behaviour against Austria and strengthens my position that Turkey is very far from being part of the EU. In this, Turkey is endangering the security interests of Europe. The blockade has a long-term impact on the peace missions in the Western Balkans.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

What I've done is I've gone to Afghanistan. I've met President Ghani, I've met with the NATO representatives and I've met with our commanders in the field.feedback

Aarti Shankar

It will be a priority for Europe to understand what role the U.S. wants to play in NATO.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review. Overwhelmingly, we need to make sure that our policy is up to date and meets 21st century threats and no one can disagree with that, surely. You know there was a time when we gave up on sabres or horses. You need to keep updating your defence policy and meeting the most pressing and most obvious needs.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review. Because in the end, if countries continue to have nuclear deterrents then we are actually making our world less safe, we are making it more likely that there will be a nuclear attack.feedback

Geoffrey Van Orden

This is inevitably part of a wider ambition to really create a separate defence capability, an EU army in short. That would be detrimental to Nato because it would be a complete distraction, and would create divisions between Europeans and North Americans among others.feedback

Nia Griffith

Nobody has raised the issue of removing the Trident nuclear deterrent from our manifesto. Indeed. Last year we looked at it, in particular, at the national policy forum and it was decided that we would keep the nuclear deterrent and that was reaffirmed at our conference in September. We are fully signed up to Article 5 of the Nato treaty which says, yes, we would put in that defence and yes, we would put in that military force.feedback

Emily Thornberry

We need to make sure any war that may be fought, will be fought on 21st-century terms.feedback

Nia Griffith

With all due respect, Emily is not the shadow defence secretary. I am. We are very clear about the review. When we have the review, coming into government, it is about exactly how we would spend money and what we would be doing and what order we would be doing it, what sort of timetable. What it is not about is actually questioning whether we would have a Trident nuclear deterrent because we settled that last year.feedback

Heather Nauert

We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our NATO ally on this and other topics of mutual importance.feedback

Julie Smith

He has never said, like Pence, like Mattis, that U.S. commitment to Article 5 is rock solid, and allies want to hear that at this summit.feedback

Tom Wright - JMP Securities

The problem in the plan is that President Trump is the only president who has not yet explicitly endorsed Article 5. I understand that is not an accident.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It is absolutely out of the question for NATO to go into combat operations. No decision has been taken. The discussion is going on.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We are making progress, step by step, in many different areas to strengthen the practical cooperation between NATO and the European Union. Cooperation between NATO and the European Union will also be an important issue we will highlight when NATO leaders meet exactly one week from now in Brussels.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Investing together, this is the best way to have an efficient European defence. It's a way of having a rational and efficient joint manner of working on defence. The European Union member states need to overcome the fragmentation in this field and use all the instruments we have in our union.feedback

Josh Rogin

The United States and Saudi Arabia are putting together one of the biggest arms sales in history and looking toward a new regional security architecture.feedback

Mark Galeotti

People I'm speaking to say chaos in Washington actually works to NATO's advantage. Trump is not going to do anything to be seen to be undermining NATO because that will play to the whole question of, Who is he: president of the United States or the Russian Federation?feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

The Saudis wanted to see the back of Obama; they're much happier with Trump. [Israeli prime minister] Netanyahu wanted to see the back of Obama; he's much happier with Trump. The Pope gives nice symbolism. He's got bigger problems, and doesn't really know anything about NATO. Most of his key advisers don't really want to change things–I think he'd rather pretend he has a win, saying: 'They're spending more and it's because of me.feedback

Ben Sasse

It's not helpful that this was with the Russians. This is just weird. We and the Russians do not have aligned interests. They want to exacerbate our internal distrust of each other, they want to fracture NATO. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is an enemy of the freedom of the press, speech and assembly, which is the beating heart of what America means.feedback

Jakub Janda

Western countries are taking this more seriously now because they can see it affects themselves and not just Ukraine and the Baltic states. From being a mainly foreign policy issue, it has become an internal security topic.feedback

James Stavridis

The key here is its global nature. We've never seen something sweep across the planet at this speed. It's very worrisome. Let's hope that this one will burn itself out. We outta wake up to the real potential of a devastating attack in this way.feedback

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