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Trump appears to change his tone on Nato after uproar over Russia comments

Trump appears to change his tone on Nato after uproar over Russia comments

Donald Trump appeared to change his tone on Nato after the uproar over his previous comments saying that he would encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to members who don’t pay their fair share. Speaking to former Brexit leader Nigel Farage on GB News, Mr Trump said the US would “100 per cent” back Nato members who pay up. But he also asked, “Why should we guard these countries that have a lot of money?” “Now they’re paying because of those comments that you saw two or three weeks ago,” he told Mr Farage. “I don’t know if you know, but a lot of money’s come in since those comments were made. Nato was not paying.” Nato members have agreed to spend at least two per cent of GDP on their own defence, a goal most members have yet to achieve. “I went to the first meeting early in my administration, and I saw what was going on and I said ‘You’re gonna have to pay your bills, everybody,’” Mr Trump told …

Donald Trump slammed for comments about Russia and NATO | World | News

Donald Trump slammed for comments about Russia and NATO | World | News

Donald Trump sparked outrage yesterday after saying he would “encourage” Russia to attack any Nato member that fails to pay its bills as part of the Western military alliance. Addressing a rally, he recalled how the leader of a “big country” had presented a hypothetical situation in which he was not meeting his financial obligations within Nato and had come under attack from Moscow. Mr Trump said the leader had asked if the United States would come to his country’s aid in that scenario, which prompted him to issue a rebuke, alluding to Russia. “I said: ‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’… ‘No I would not protect you, in fact I would encourage them (Moscow) to do whatever they want. You gotta pay.’” Mr Trump, the favourite to run again as the Republican candidate in this year’s US presidential election, has long been critical of Nato and what he sees as an excessive financial burden on the United States to guarantee the defence of 30 other nations. But his comments to the rally in South Carolina …

Why Russia Is Honoring a Soviet Secret Policeman

Why Russia Is Honoring a Soviet Secret Policeman

The thunder of war in Ukraine drowns out a lot of other news from Russia. A few days ago, however, the Russian foreign intelligence service quietly did something rather odd. Sergei Naryshkin, the director of the Sluzhba Vneshnei Razvedki, or SVR (the Russian version of the CIA), unveiled a statue of Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police. At first sight, this seems another sign of President Vladimir Putin’s nostalgia for the good old days of Soviet repression, when an aspiring young secret policeman could live a comfortable life by intimidating his neighbors and tormenting his fellow citizens. But the reappearance of a monument to this hated figure in Soviet history might be related more to Russia’s elite politics than to Putin’s nostalgia. Before we get into the modern Kremlinology, let’s look back at the early days of the Soviet intelligence services. Dzerzhinsky was a Polish national with a long history of revolutionary activity. He joined the Russian Bolsheviks, and shortly after the 1917 revolution, Vladimir Lenin put him in charge of creating …