German Chancellor Merkel Says NATO Must Focus On The Russian Threat

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands over President Trump as they negotiate at the G7 summit in a photograph she later posted on Instagram

Politico: Angela Merkel: NATO must refocus on Russia threat

Challenges for the military alliance ‘have changed drastically in recent years,’ German chancellor says.

BERLIN — NATO must focus on setting up a presence at the alliance’s eastern flank to defend itself from potential Russian aggression, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Her remarks ahead of a summit of NATO leaders in Brussels next week will be seen as a strong reaffirmation of the military alliance’s relevance and a statement from Europe’s most powerful leader of what she sees as its future direction. There are fears that U.S. President Donald Trump, who will attend the summit and has in the past referred to it as “obsolete“, will next week seek to undermine NATO further.

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WNU Editor: I have trouble believing Angela Merkel anymore. As I had said in an earlier post ....

.... It is intolerable that countries like Germany have allowed its readiness to deteriorate to the point that all its submarines, half its tanks and most of its warplanes are not ready for duty .... while at the same time declaring that Russia is a threat and criticising Presdient Trump's outreach to Russia (while ignoring their own massive natural gas pipeline agreement with Russia).

Axios is speculating that there will be fireworks at this week's NATO summit between Presdeint Trump and German Chancellor Merkel, and they are probably right .... Trump and Merkel: An explosion-in-waiting (Axios)

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