Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obligations risk WWIII, Trump asserts

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obligations risk WWIII, Trump asserts

But President Putin's comments made it clear not only that Russian Federation had a specific agenda, but that he considered certain points on it to have been agreed with Trump.

"He replied to the question in which he said that the Montenegrin people are fearless and that he does not want citizens of the U.S. to fight and get killed for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members states", Markovic told parliament late yesterday in the capital Podgorica.

About this American leader said in an interview with TV host Tucker Carlson on the Fox News channel, which aired the evening of Tuesday, July 17, reports DW.

When Carlson asked, "why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack", Trump responded: "I understand what you're saying".

"I laughed when I heard that and figured it could be a good advertisement", retiree Slavka Kovacevic, 58, said of Trump's depiction while taking a break from her morning shopping.

Alongside Macedonia, Montenegro was the only ex-Yugoslavian country whose decision to split from the federation did not trigger a war, though its soldiers fought against Croatia's war of independence in the 1990s as part of the Yugoslav army.

"They have very strong people - they have very aggressive people". They are very strong people. "Now I understand that. but that's the way it was set up".

"Regardless of how much bad press Trump receives for his foreign policies, these do not seem to have had any real effect on his popularity".

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More than half of Germans think Europe can defend itself without military backing from the United States, a poll showed on Monday, less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said he could withdraw support.

"Alliance trust is gained in drops and lost in buckets", tweeted Mark Hertling, a former U.S. Army commander in Europe. "I've asked the same question", Trump answered.

Theoretically, this would turn into a bigger war between the United States and Russian Federation - all thanks to grouchy little Montenegro - and would be the cause of World War III. But an unsupervised face-to-face meeting with Putin, with no opportunities for other USA officials to influence decisions, held the danger of far more damaging outcomes than the further discrediting of Trump himself.

It's unlikely that Montenegro will cause World War III, though not impossible. ME is six times as big as Montenegro and has had a partnership with the country since 2006. Its past ties to Russian Federation, with whom Montenegro shared a predominantly Slavic and Orthodox Christian culture, were so strong that its leaders were said to have declared a war on Japan in 1904 just to support Russian Federation.

NATO's collective defense clause has been activated only once in the alliance's almost 70-year history - following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.

"It's an open invitation to Putin and the United States must act to reassure this ally and our other allies that we really mean it with Article 5", Clark told CNN.

Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, echoed Trump's rhetoric, telling Fox Business Network that "Germany is a tremendous problem, both for Europe itself, and for the United States in this sense". Why should Germany - a country that spends just 1.24 percent of its gross domestic product on defense - continue to be rewarded with the economic benefit of US bases?

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