Donald Trump gives North Atlantic Treaty Organisation new reason to be nervous: defending Montenegro

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"So let's say Montenegro, which joined a year ago, is attacked. Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russia and as much as China and I think you can have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security which cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending", Tusk said.

"In today's world, it does not matter how big or small you are, but to what extent you cherish the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy", said an official statement adopted by Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at a government session.

"You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people... they might get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in World War Three", he added.

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Even more - 92 percent - said they suspected that Trump's motive for making the comments was primarily to promote the sale of US liquefied gas in Europe and Germany. Now I understand that - but that's the way it was set up.

Last week, President Donald Trump said Montenegro could start World War III.

"Alliance trust is gained in drops and lost in buckets", tweeted Mark Hertling, a former U.S. Army commander in Europe. "I've asked the same question", the United States president replied.

The US leader initially contradicted his intelligence services and said he was not convinced the Kremlin had attempted to tip the 2016 vote in his favour.

[Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)] "Since President Trump took office, spending for the USA presence in military presence in Europe has been increased by 40%, and European allies are also stepping up, so actually doing more together on security on defence then before".

NATO's collective defense clause has been activated only once in the alliance's almost 70-year history - following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He hailed the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and said that he is very smart and capable to become a great prime minister.

"Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent", Markovic's government said in its statement Thursday.

However, Trump was so fixated during the press conference on domestic United States politics and his own personal obsession with his election win that there was no mention either of Putin's points or of any of the more significant security issues that could have been on the table. -West stakes for influence all the higher - and Russian Federation trying to exert control in the Balkans - Montenegro was ground zero at the moment. "We have discussed this at length. there must be more burden-sharing when it comes to defending global rules-based order, when it comes to enforcing the rules and norms, and when it comes to promoting and advocating peace and stability around the world". And the Article 5 was, by the way, the first time put in motion after the 9/11 attack, so we are quite confident that the United States as a leading North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country stays firm on that principle.

Americans may, too, want to ask themselves, as Trump has, whether it is in the United States' interest to commit itself to such entangling alliances.

"This is the worst nightmare for the Montenegrins", said Clark, a Democratic candidate for president in 2004.