• April 19, 2019

NATO chief cites Russia threat in address to U.S. Congress


NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint assembly of the U.S. Congress as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi pay attention within the Home Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April three, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top of the North Atlantic Treaty Group warned the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of the risk posed by “a extra assertive Russia” to the alliance, together with its violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

“NATO has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe,” NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg stated. “However NATO will at all times take the mandatory steps to offer credible and efficient deterrence.”

Stoltenberg additionally used his speech to present a ringing protection of “essentially the most profitable alliance in historical past,” which has usually been derided by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Members of Congress, who greeted Stoltenberg with repeated cheers and standing ovations, stated they considered his tackle to the joint assembly of the Home of Representatives and Senate as an opportunity to reaffirm the American dedication to the NATO alliance.

Stoltenberg was the primary Norwegian ever accorded the uncommon honor of such an tackle.

“NATO has been good for Europe, however NATO has additionally been good for america,” Stoltenberg stated.

Stoltenberg met on Tuesday with Trump, who stated his stress on NATO nations to pay extra for his or her protection is resulting in tens of billions of extra in contributions, however the allies might have to spice up their budgets much more.

Stoltenberg stated NATO member nations are “including billions” in protection spending.

(This model was refiled to alter to ‘dedication’ from ‘committee’ in 4th paragraph)

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Enhancing by James Dalgleish

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