UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — NATO needs growth and change or it will be outdated, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying, Reuters reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed Macron’s comments in an interview with the British weekly The Economist as “harsh”. Pompeo said on Thursday the alliance could be one of the most important alliances “in recorded history”.
But he acknowledged the need to develop the alliance during a question-and-answer session after delivering a speech in Berlin on Friday on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“After 70 years, NATO needs to grow and change,” Pompeo said. It needs to face reality and the challenges of the present.”
“If states think they can get security without providing NATO with the resources they need, and if they don’t meet their obligations, there is a risk that NATO will become ineffective or outdated,” he said.
NATO was founded in 1949 to provide collective security against the Soviet Union and is preparing for a summit in London on December 4.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants to paint a picture of unity as Chinese military power grows and Russia is accused of trying to undermine Western democracies through cyber attacks, disinformation campaigns and covert operations.
– Criticism of China, Russia and Iran –
In his speech, Pompeo criticized Russia’s handling of political opponents and said China was using methods against its people that were “appallingly similar” to those of the former East Germany.
Speaking of the lessons of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he said: “The West, all of us, have been misled by the euphoria of that wonderful moment.”
“We thought we could divert our resources away from alliances and from our armies. We were wrong. ”
“Today, Russia, under the leadership of a former KGB officer based in Dresden, is invading its neighbors and killing political opponents,” he said.
He stressed that European energy supplies should not depend on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Pompeo said it was illogical to see Russia as a “qualified partner” in the Middle East, although Washington wants the help of other countries in pressuring Iran to resume negotiations on its nuclear program and “paralyze its ability to finance terrorist agents.”
He said the Communist Party of China “is forging a new vision of authoritarianism”. He warned Germany against using Huawei Technologies, which sells telecommunications equipment, to build a 5G data network.
In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized Pompeo for his earlier remarks on the Communist Party of China (CPC), saying the remarks were “extremely dangerous” and revealed “his evil intentions.”
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