Trump says committed to NATO as allies up spending

US President Donald Trump addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 12 July 2018
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Trump says committed to NATO as allies up spending

  • Alliance Secretary-General says Trump’s actions have made NATO stronger
  • Donald Trump says the United States' commitment to NATO 'remains very strong'

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States’ commitment to NATO “remains very strong” after a summit in Brussels at which he said allies had made unprecedented commitments to increase spending on their own defense.
“NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago,” Trump told reporters, describing an unscheduled crisis meeting of the 29 alliance leaders on Thursday morning as “fantastic” and having “a great collegial spirit.”
“The US were not treated fairly but now we are. I believe in NATO,” Trump told a press conference after the fraught NATO summit in Brussels.

Later alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that Trump’s actions had made NATO stronger.

Asked about a closed-door meeting in which officials said Trump told allies to reach a NATO target or the United States would "go it alone", Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion... That discussion has made NATO stronger. It has created a new sense of urgency," he said.

"The fact that we had this open discussion has also clearly stated that we will redouble our efforts and it also shows that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact."


Putin views launch of new submarine to carry nuclear drones

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Putin views launch of new submarine to carry nuclear drones

  • Putin has watched the launch of a new submarine intended to carry prospective underwater nuclear drones

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has watched the launch of a new submarine intended to carry prospective underwater nuclear drones — a doomsday weapon capable of causing a devastating tsunami.
During Tuesday's visit to a military shipyard in St. Petersburg, Putin viewed the departure of the Belgorod nuclear submarine at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk in northwestern Russia via a teleconference.
The navy said the submarine designed to carry Poseidon drones is set to enter service next year.
Poseidon can target coastal areas with a heavy nuclear weapon, causing a devastating tsunami wave. Putin has said its tests have been successful.
He first mentioned the nuclear-powered drone among an array of other new weapons in a state-of-the nation address last year, saying they would render U.S. missile defense systems useless.