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Belgium: 'EU cannot defend Europe' - Stoltenberg rejects Macron's NATO criticisms

0 19.11.2019 Инфо

W/S NATO press conference ahead of foreign ministers' meeting, Brussels
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General: "I am planning to go to Paris next week to meet with President Macron and my message is that NATO is adapting, NATO is agile, NATO is responding. The reality is that Europe and North America, we are doing more together than we have for decades and the US is not leaving Europe, the US is actually increasing its military presence in Europe with more troops, with more exercises, with more US investments in military infrastructure in Europe and at the same time European allies are stepping up. My other message is that there is no contradiction between European unity and transatlantic unity, actually we need more European efforts on defence but not as an alternative, not as something that is replacing NATO but something which is strengthening the European pillar within NATO." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General: "We also have to understand that especially after Brexit, EU cannot defend Europe, 80 percent of NATO's defence expenditure will come from non-EU allies and the transatlantic bond remain[s] vital for the security of Europe and the ultimate guarantee for our security is the NATO nuclear deterrent, it's something we have together, it's part of the NATO alliance, it's something we plan, exercise and deliver together as a transatlantic alliance."
M/S Reporter asking questions *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General: "So Brexit won't change anything when it comes to NATO. Brexit will change UK's relationship to the European Union but not UK's relationship to NATO."
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "There's no plans, no proposals, no intention to move NATO into for instance the South China sea but what we see is the rise of China. We see that China will soon have the largest economy in the world, they have the second largest defence budget, China's investing heavily in modern military capabilities." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Reporter *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "We have seen at least up till now a reduction in violence and we have to build on that to try to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria. There are different views among NATO allies on the situation in northeast Syria but I think it's important and NATO is at least a platform for allies to sit together and to address their situation in Syria."
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "We also agree that Turkey is the ally which has, which is hosting [the] most refugees and Turkey has suffered many terrorist attacks and therefore Turkey has some legitimate security concerns."
M/S Reporter asking questions *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "We need strong deterrence on defence but at the same time we will always strive for a better relationship with Russia because Russia is our neighbour, Russia is here to stay and, and we will try to strive for a better relationship and even without a better relationship with Russia we have to work for dialogue, predictability, transparency in our relationship with Russia meaning we even, need to manage a difficult relationship." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "So exactly how we will include intermediate-range weapons in a new arms control regime is a bit too early to say but we agree that the reason for the demise of the treaty was the Russian violations."
M/S Reporter asking questions *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: "US is not leaving Europe, US is actually coming back to Europe. European allies are investing more, we are modernising the alliance with a total new command structure, with addressing hybrid and cyber threats and we are doing more together, North America and Europe that we have done for decades."
M/S Reporter asking questions
SCRIPT
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg rejected French President Emmanuel Macron's recent criticism that the alliance is experiencing "brain death" by stressing that, particularly after Brexit, the "EU cannot defend Europe."
"I am planning to go to Paris next week to meet with President Macron and my message is that NATO is adapting, NATO is agile, NATO is responding," Stoltenberg said, while giving a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
He continued saying that after Brexit "80 percent of NATO's defence expenditure will come from non-EU allies and the transatlantic bond remain[s] vital for the security of Europe."
Stoltenberg also stressed the "need to manage a difficult relationship" with Russia saying that "we need strong deterrence on defence but at the same time we will always strive for a better relationship with Russia because Russia is our neighbour, Russia is here to stay."