During the G7 Summit at Charlesvoix, President Donald Trump declared that Nato was just as bad as the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and too high maintenance for the United States [1].

When campaigning for the US Presidency, Donald Trump referred to Nato as being “obsolete”. Just recently, the US State Department refused a special visa to a former Nato Secretary-General, the Spaniard Javier Solana. This was probably on account of his commitment in favour of the JCPoA with Iran. The US President also sent a letter to about 10 Nato member states notifying them that it was becoming impossible to justify US military support to Allies who did not respect their financial obligations. Finally, it appears that when Donald Trump and Vladamir Putin meet in Helsinki on 16 July, they will discuss stopping Nato drills on the Russian border.

A Nato summit has been called for 11 and 12 July in Brussels.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1Scoop: Trump’s private NATO trashing rattles allies”, Jonathan Swan, Axios, June 28, 2018.