The strength of the transatlantic partnership is the ability to carry out collective defense, despite differences between the participants, stressed the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg in his interview to Deutschlandfunk, responding to the words of the President of France Emmanuel Makron about “brain death” of NATO. However, any attempt of division or distancing of Europe from the United States will lead to a weakening of the Alliance, Stoltenberg warned.
After the French President Emmanuel macron has sharply criticized NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reacted to his accusations. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk he admitted that between the allies there are divergent views, for example, about the situation in the North of Syria or climate change. In General, however, NATO is doing more than for many years before that.In an interview with the NATO Secretary General supported the idea of strengthening the European defence, because more than 90% of Europe’s population live in NATO countries. However, it is impossible to replace NATO. “But any attempt of division or distancing of Europe from North America would weaken the transatlantic Alliance, warned Stoltenberg. — It also carries the risk of splitting Europe.”At the same time, Stoltenberg expressed his belief that the differences that exist between the 29 NATO partners, can be overcome. This has always been the strength of the Alliance. In the past its members have also jointly managed to fulfil its core task of collective defence. In the end, NATO did not provoke the conflict. “We prevent them,” stressed the NATO Secretary General in an interview with German newspaper.According to him, NATO is, in essence, a strong organization that is building its collective defense so much as has not already been for decades. So, for the first time since the end of the cold war, the United States stepped up its military presence in Europe. Simultaneously, the European partners of the Alliance has increased its defense spending, insists Stoltenberg.As recalled by Deutschlandfunk, 21 October the President of France Emmanuel macron gave an almost hour interview to the newspaper The Economist, which stated that NATO is experiencing a “brain death”. In his opinion, Europe is on a precipice and must begin to perceive itself as a geopolitical force — otherwise it will hardly be able to control their fate.The criticism of Macron focused primarily on lack of, from his point of view, coordination between the US and Europe. In addition, the situation complement the aggressive actions of Turkey, committed by it unilaterally. Under this, the French President meant offensive against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria. Meanwhile, Turkey is a NATO country, the newspaper reminds.In turn, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry took the side of Him and confirmed the data analysis. According to the Russian side, the statements of the leader of France and truly captures the essence of the current state of NATO, Deutschlandfunk writes, while noting that Russia is in a defensive Alliance is not included.As for the Chancellor Angela Merkel, she tried to soften hawkish comments from Makron. She noted that it did not share the views of the French President about the “brain death” of NATO. The existence of the Alliance is “in our interests”, said Merkel.