North Atlantic Treaty Organisation responds to Trump: Attack on one is attack on all - English

His comment about Montenegrins being "very aggressive people" is silly at best.

"It was very unfair". Hacking and the other digital dark arts are playing a much bigger role, and it is proving hard to get them under control.

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", the country's foreign minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told CNN in an exclusive interview.

Montenegro reportedly pledged more troops to help fight the US's longest war in Afghanistan. There is now usually no debate or vote before the USA initiates or joins foreign wars, and it is only months or years after the us has already made commitments to other governments and local groups that members of Congress start to question the wisdom and legality of the mission. Welcome to the program. She says the US needs to make it publicly clear it won't stand for any attempt to meddle in elections here or in other Western nations.

SHAPIRO: How did you react to this exchange?

He also had to backtrack on his claim that the United States was to blame for the heightened tension with Russian Federation, tweeting that "We're all to blame" and that he held "both countries responsible". "It was fun to hear about it, actually like a good joke, but we are a very peaceful nation".

"We build friendships, and we have not lost a single one", the statement read. "Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent", the statement concluded.

Now, let's pick this all apart and try to make sense of it. Trump's betrayal of the American intelligence services was a natural and necessary part of his campaign to discredit them, because he fears that they have or will discover evidence that links him to the Russian intervention in the United States election.

DARMANOVIC: I don't believe it is about Montenegro.

In a May 2006 referendum more than 55 percent of Montenegrins voted for independence from Serbia; independence was declared in June that year.

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.

DARMANOVIC:.As unconditional and rock-solid. "They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in world war three", Trump added in the interview. And Montenegrins are courageous people in those fights for its freedom. While U.S. defence spending makes up 70 per cent of combined allied governments' military budgets, just 15 per cent of U.S. expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defence. So I believe he is referring to our struggle for freedom, to our our anti-fascism.

Rachel Rizzo, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security's Transatlantic Security Program, said Trump is "extremely skeptical" when it comes to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation enlargement, which made Montenegro an easy target. Trump can correctly say that he needs to shore up the security of NATO's East European allies because of the German government's sign-off on the pipeline. There are debates even among friends.

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