Monday, January 16, 2017

Russia: Donald Trump is right that NATO is 'obsolete'

Sky News

The President-elect says some nations don't pay their share financially and has slated its lack of a clear anti-terror strategy.

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Image Caption: Donald Trump will be inaugurated as US president on Friday
Russia says it agrees with Donald Trump's comment that the NATO military alliance is "obsolete".
Mr Trump, who said the alliance was "designed many, many years ago", complained that several nations do not contribute their share financially and criticised its lack of a clear anti-terror strategy.
The US President-elect claimed NATO was "very important" to him but pointed out only five countries were "paying what they’re supposed to. Five. It’s not much".
However, the "obsolete" remark is set to cause further anxiety among eastern European NATO countries nervous about Moscow following Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in the Ukraine crisis.
Meanwhile, the billionaire has signalled sanctions against Russia could be eased if the US can strike a deal with Moscow to reduce stocks of nuclear weapons.

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Video: Trump open to removing Russia sanctions
His comments come despite him prompting fears of a new arms race late last year when he said America needed to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear capability.
The President-elect told The Times and Germany's Bild newspaper: "They have sanctions on Russia - let's see if we can make some good deals with Russia.
"For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that's part of it."
Moscow has been hit with sanctions over its involvement in the Syrian war and the Ukraine conflict as well as alleged hacking during the US presidential campaign.
Mr Trump said Russia was "hurting very badly right now because of sanctions", and added: "I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit."
The Kremlin said it was too early to comment on his nuclear-sanctions proposal.
Last week, the President-elect acknowledged that Russia carried out cyber attacks in the White House race, but has denied claims the country has compromising material on him.
Mr Trump did have some criticism for Vladimir Putin, calling Moscow's intervention in Syria "a very bad thing" which had created a "terrible humanitarian situation".
Mr Trump also said he believed Europe's migration crisis had been the deciding factor in the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU.

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He said: "I do believe this, if they (EU countries) hadn't been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it... entails, I think that you wouldn't have a Brexit."
Mr Trump also said he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel made an error when she opened Germany's doors to migrants.
"I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals," he said.
Mr Trump was scathing about US foreign policy, describing the invasion of Iraq as "possibly the worst decision ever made in the history of our country".
He said Afghanistan was "going badly" and the offensive to retake Mosul - Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq - had been a disaster.
He also said he would appoint his son-in-law Jared Kushner to broker a Middle East peace deal and urged Britain to veto any new UN Security Council resolution that slams Israel.
Mr Trump repeated his criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of the Iran nuclear agreement, calling it "one of the dumbest deals I've ever seen".


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