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Polish, EU officials react to Trump’s NATO comments

11.02.2024 18:30
A number of Polish and European officials criticised Donald Trump’s comments about urging Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to NATO members who did not spend more than 2 percent of their GDP on defence.
ormer President Donald J. Trump speaks during the Get Out The Vote rally and campaign event at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, USA.
ormer President Donald J. Trump speaks during the 'Get Out The Vote' rally and campaign event at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, USA.Photo: PAP/EPA/RANDALL HILL

The Reuters news agency reported on Saturday that "the former U.S. president made [comments] about not protecting NATO allies who aren't paying enough from a potential Russian invasion."

Poland’s Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz wrote on social media that "no election campaign is an excuse for playing with NATO security."

“To undermine the credibility of allied countries is to undermine the entire North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” the minister said in a post on the X platform.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk urged Polish President Andrzej Duda to discuss the issue during an upcoming special Cabinet Council meeting between the President and government ministers.

Meanwhile, President Andrzej Duda stressed that the Polish-American alliance must be strong regardless of who is in power in both countries.

"I have always acted in this way and will continue to act in this spirit, respecting all our partners in the US," he said.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement on Sunday that  “any attack on NATO will be met with a united and forceful response.”

He was also quoted by Reuters as saying that “any suggestion that NATO allies would not defend each other undermines all of the alliance's security and puts U.S. and European soldiers at risk.”

European Council President Charles Michel said on Sunday that Donald Trump's words were "ill-advised," 

"The transatlantic alliance has been supporting the security and prosperity of Americans, Canadians and Europeans for 75 years," Michel wrote on the X platform. 

"Reckless statements about NATO security and Article 5 solidarity only serve Putin's interests" and "bring neither more security nor more peace to the world," he added.


Source: PAP