Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Secretary Mattis to NATO Countries: It's Time to Pay Up!

Secretary Mattis to NATO Countries: It's Time to Pay Up!

"Americans can not care more for your children's future security than you do", he said, according to a text of his intervention in the meeting.

New Nato figures show that Britain is meeting its target of spending 2% of its GDP on defence, the military alliance has announced. "He has a lot of experience as a warfighter and as a combatant commander, and understands the importance of having allies and intelligence, integrating that with combat operations", Cancian said.

Just five of 28 members meet the alliance's goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense: the US, the United Kingdom, Greece, Estonia and Poland. NATO Europe argues it is increasing defence spending, upping outlays by $10 billion past year.

James Mattis is on his first Europe visit after becoming the US Defence Secretary.

"We remain open to opportunities to restore a cooperative relationship with Moscow, while being realistic in our expectations and ensuring our diplomats negotiate from a position of strength", Mattis said.

"This will help us to coordinate information on crisis countries such as Libya and Iraq, and help us address terrorism and other challenges stemming from the region", Stoltenberg said at the start of two days of talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers.

"If we reduce defence spending in times when tensions are going down, we have to be able to increase defence spending when tensions are going up, as they are now".

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He will also host a meeting of the defense ministers involved in the counter-ISIS coalition before traveling to the Munich Security Conference Feb. 17, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The 28-nation bloc is sworn to come to one another's defense, and Trump's indication that he might abandon the partnership caused great concern in Baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, NATO has sent alliance troops to Russia's borders in an attempt to deter Russian Federation from taking any further action toward neighboring countries Crimea and the Ukraine.

"When America retrenches and retreats, it leaves behind a vacuum, and that vacuum is filled by bad guys", Rasmussen said.

Nato's response to a more assertive Russian Federation is all very well but it threatens to open up fissures between northern and eastern allies, on the one hand, who directly face Russia's modernising forces and countries on Nato's Mediterranean flank, on the other, who confront a very different set of challenges.

The committee is still investigating Flynn and other Trump team members' contacts with the Kremlin before the election.

Yes, what indeed? In 2015, reports emerged that the Obama administration was considering doing precisely what Mattis had explored-a convoy of nine Iranian ships potentially carrying weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels was traveling through global waters where some suspected they would be confronted and boarded by the USS Theodore Roosevelt and another American ship.

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