Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets with NATO Allies in Brussels

30 April, 2018, 11:45 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Still, NATO officials see an "unprecedented opportunity" in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of unconditional peace talks accompanied by a cease-fire, the recognition of the Taliban as a political party and the release of some prisoners.

"One of the key things we're doing is looking again at. how we strengthen our collective response to the kind of hybrid attacks that so many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are experiencing from Russian Federation", he told reporters.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "We are not in the old Cold War, but we are neither in the strategic partnership we tried to build after the Cold war".

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

The NATO chief said they also discussed the situation in Syria.

Although NATO members may agree on the threat presented by Russian Federation they don't necessarily agree on spending.

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Asked about the possible interference of Russian Federation in the process of Macedonia's NATO accession, Stoltenberg said at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council that it was the fundamental right of every nation to decide on its path and belonging to a certain security framework. And therefore it is even more importantant to combine.

Pompeo pressed allies to increase their military budgets to meet a target of 2% of economic output spent on defence every year by 2024, as well as ensuring 20% of the outlay is on equipment, a USA official said.

The commitment was made in 2014 and thus far only six of the 28 countries that made the pledge meet the goal.

The head of NATO's cyber defense unit, Christian-Marc Liflander said that the S-400 system is not compatible with the air defense systems now used by the alliance. Pompeo will arrive in Riyadh on Saturday ahead of a series of events that could potentially plunge the region into deeper disarray, including Trump's decision by May 12 on whether to pull out of the Iran deal, and the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem two days later. "And we have renewed our commitment, including with significant troop increases and financial support". "We agreed that our policy of a dual approach - strong deterrence and defense in conjunction with the dialogue remains in force", - he said in Brussels, UKRINFORM writes.

Russian Federation also agreed to provide technological know-how for the production of a new generation of Turkish air defense systems.

As he left Washington on Thursday, the State Department said Pompeo would also visit Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel during the weekend.



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