The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen urged elected President of the United States Donald trump to adhere to the policy of NATO and be tough in relations with Russia. The head of the Department of defense said in the air of the German TV channel ZDF.
“Donald trump needs to say clearly whose side he’s on. On the side of justice, peace and democracy, or he doesn’t care, and he shows a gesture of male friendship” (quoted by TASS), said von der Leyen.
In addition, the Minister stressed that Trump should not perceive NATO as a business. “It’s not the company,” she said.
November 8, 2016 45th President of the United States was elected the billionaire Donald trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, commenting on reports about the election trump offered to work with him on the basis of democratic values.
In April during the election campaign, even before the approval, a presidential candidate from the Republican party, trump made the disintegration of NATO. Then he criticized allies in the military Alliance, saying that they do not pay the expenses of the Alliance along with the United States. He noted that if the allies did not begin to pay for participation in the Alliance, you must leave the organization. “And if NATO falls apart, then so be it,” concluded trump.
In addition, trump has repeatedly stated that he is ready to cooperate with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. This explains the concern of the USA’s allies in NATO prospects for common action against the “aggression” of Russia, which the Alliance members regularly been saying since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis.