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Trump’s remarks: Europe needs a “second life insurance” besides NATO, says head of French diplomacy

Donald Trump’s latest statement on NATO is causing a reaction. Europe needs a “second life insurance” besides NATO, French diplomatic chief Stephane Sejournet said this Monday, after the former American president confirmed that he would “encourage” Russia to attack member countries if they do not pay their share.

The American billionaire, a candidate for the 2024 elections, once again criticized the functioning of NATO during a meeting in South Carolina on Sunday. In particular, he reported on a conversation with one of the NATO heads of state, without naming his name. “One of the presidents of a large country stood up and said: : Well, sir, if we don’t pay and Russia attacks us, will you protect us? ” the former president said before making his response public. “No, I won’t protect you. In fact, I would advise them to do whatever they want with you. “You must pay your debts,” he insisted.

“The Atlantic Alliance is not a contract with a security company”

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that “an armed attack against one or more Member States occurring in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against all parties.” The rule specifies that in this case each ally “will assist the party or parties attacked by immediately taking (…) such action as he deems necessary, including the use of armed force.”

“We need a second life insurance, not as a replacement, not against NATO, but in addition” to this organization, Stéphane Sejournet said this Monday during a meeting in the suburbs of Paris with his German and Polish counterparts. “The Atlantic Alliance is not a contract with a security company,” noted the head of Polish diplomacy, Radoslaw Sikorski.

Source: Le Parisien

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