Under the administration of Donald Trump, NATO enjoyed less time. The slogan “America First” is inconsistent with NATO’s goals. When Trump spoke about the Atlantic Alliance, it was often complained that, as acknowledged in 2014, most member states were reluctant to contribute 2% of their GDP to defense spending. Trump commented with senior members of his administration. The second installment does not rule out the possibility of the United States withdrawing from NATO. Since this country has 70% of its budget, it will be less than his death.
The presence of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Brussels yesterday and today to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers seeks an opposite purpose. Blingen has arrived in Europe to announce President Biden’s commitment to NATO. “This is our choice – he said when he met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to rebuild the Atlantic Alliance.”
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This commitment is to be welcomed in Europe, which benefits from NATO’s defensive umbrella. But that does not mean that the Brussels meeting is clear or that the US or European powers will accept everything. Unlike. The points of disagreement are numerous. First, the Biden administration has no interest in easing Trump’s pressure on European members to increase their contribution to the NATO treasury. Also, beyond these budget issues, political documents are on the table. Among them, NATO’s presence in Afghanistan and the Nortstream 2 gas pipeline connection are aimed at normalizing Russian gas supplies to European countries such as Germany.
As for Afghanistan, where the group of Western troops has been reduced to one-tenth, the date of withdrawal is in question, and what plan Trump has set for this spring will be delayed. The most complicated is the gas pipeline connection, which is supported by Germany and Russia, with the United States and many European countries against it. As for Washington, it is a geopolitical program promoted by Putin with the aim of weakening Europe and the United States.
In addition to overcoming these burning issues, a strong NATO is now needed to re-establish the collective framework for strategic issues such as climate crisis, cyber security and the fight against terrorism. Of course, in response to the growing challenges from China and Russia, the recent Sino-US summit in Anchorage, or the day before yesterday, emerged with Beijing’s tough response to EU sanctions on China. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is a job ahead of NATO.