During a rally in South Carolina, Donald Trump expressed his thoughts during the rally – Photo: Reuters
Brussels: Western powers have strongly criticized former US President Donald Trump’s statement in which he recommended not preparing for defensive preparations against concerns of Russian interference, saying the safety of all of us will be endangered without defense preparedness by NATO members. According to Reuters, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in response to Trump’s statement that not defending each other from attacks posed a threat to all of us, as American and European military would become vulnerable to danger.
Responding to Trump’s statement, he said that united, a strong response would be given if any member nation of NATO was attacked.
It should be noted that Donald Trump may be a potential Republican candidate in the US presidential election.
During a rally in South Carolina, Trump asked about whether NATO member countries would save us if we did not prepare and Russia attacked.
Former US President informed the audience at the rally that he responded to them saying that if you don’t spend, then you’re guilty, and I won’t protect you, and I will encourage the fact that they can present themselves as bad as they can.
In response to Trump’s statement, Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said on social media that a slogan of ‘one for all, all for one’ was the foundation and that weakening allied nations would weaken NATO as a whole. He said that playing with the security of Allied nations could not be justified by an election campaign.
The German Foreign Ministry said on social media that the NATO commitment “one for all, all for one” does not act as a justification for playing with the security of the Alliance. His tweet translated to, “‘One for all and all for one.’ This #NATO creed keeps more than 950 million people safe – from Anchorage to Erzurum. #StrongerTogether”
European Union Council President Charles Michael said that irresponsible statements about the safety of NATO and Article 5 will only strengthen Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interests.
NATO’s Article 5 clearly states that an armed attack on any member country will be considered an attack on all member countries and collective efforts will be made for defense.