viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2016

NATO: comienza el apriete

El danés Anders Rasmussen (foto), ex Secretario general de la NATO, chirolita vocacional del Imperio y actual asesor del presidente ucraniano Petro Porochenko en temas de seguridad (no se rían), abrió la boca para comenzar el apriete del presidente electo de los EEUU, Donald Trump. Leemos en el británico Mail Online:

Título: Ex-Nato chief tells Trump to show Putin who's in charge within his first 100 days or face the 'beginning of the end' of the organisation

Subtítulos: Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged President Trump to show strength to Putin / Secretary-general until 2014, he said US should set up more military bases / Warned neglecting Baltic states and the Ukraine will have consequences / Advice comes as British defence chiefs urged US not to abandon Nato

Texto: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato secretary-general 2009-2014, said the US president-elect must show 'strength' against Russia

Donald Trump must act against Russian aggression within 100 days of taking office or face the 'beginning of the end' of Nato, a former chief of the US-led alliance warned last night.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was Nato secretary-general from 2009 to 2014, said the US president-elect must show 'strength' because Russian president Vladimir Putin 'only respects a firm hand'.

He urged the US to increase support for Nato, set up military bases to counter Russian aggression against Nato states and protect Ukraine.

Mr Rasmussen said the Baltic states and Ukraine were 'close friends of the US', adding: 'Neglecting them will have far-reaching consequences and mark the beginning of the end of the US-led system.'

His advice on how to deal with President Putin came as British former defence chiefs warned Mr Trump not to abandon Nato.

The US president-elect has cast doubt on the alliance's mutual defence pact and wants other members to increase their military spending.

Yesterday, top brass and Nato's current chief called on him to clarify his position on Nato, which has been the cornerstone of Western security since 1949.

Former Danish prime minister Mr Rasmussen, is now a special adviser to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko – an appointment criticised as a 'hostile gesture' by Russian MPs.

He set out his advice for Mr Trump on how to deal with Moscow in an email circulated by his consultancy firm, Rasmussen Global.

Amid fears of a shift in US policy to soften its stance on the Ukraine crisis, he said: 'As Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump must display strength towards Russia. Putin only respects a firm and steady hand.'

He also wants the US to build its security policy on the transatlantic relationship that has led to 'unprecedented peace and prosperity for the US and Europe'.

Mr Rasmussen added: 'The US must increase support for Nato's eastern flank, set up military bases wherever Russia is threatening the freedom and livelihood of US allies, and whole-heartedly protect Ukraine against future Russian aggression.'

He advised Mr Trump to lead a new global trade and economic security pact and called for a bolder approach to the Syrian crisis.

He added: 'The US President must initiate a no-fly zone to impose and maintain a credible and durable ceasefire in Syria. The US must force the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to the negotiating table and find a political solution to the devastating conflict.'

His advice on how to deal with President Putin came as British former defence chiefs warned Mr Trump not to abandon Nato

However, Western politicians have said a no-fly zone carried the risk of shooting down Russian jets, which could spark a world war.

Former RAF chief Sir Michael Graydon urged Mr Trump to back the alliance, adding: 'A strong statement saying he supports Nato, but 'you've got to pay your fair share' would be a more helpful approach.'

His comments echoed those of General Richard Shirreff, Nato's deputy supreme allied commander for Europe until 2014, who called for a 'very sober and serious' statement from the US president-elect reaffirming his commitment.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: 'We would like to know what intentions he has regarding the alliance.'

He also made fresh calls for an EU army, saying members could not rely on US security guarantees.

Mr Rasmussen (pictured with David Cameron in 2010) said the Baltic states and Ukraine were 'close friends of the US' and warned that neglecting them will have 'consequences'

Mr Juncker added: 'We have to do it ourselves. Americans will not see to Europe's security for ever.' But his comments were rebuffed by General Lord Dannatt, former head of the Army, who said: 'Nato binds Europe together, not the EU.'

Mr Trump, who will take over as president in January, alarmed some EU leaders by insisting he wants a 'good relationship' with Russia.

The EU is likely to extend economic sanctions against Russia next month for its support of rebels in Ukraine, but could find this difficult if Mr Trump improves relations with Mr Putin. Sergei Glazyev, an aide to Mr Putin, said: 'Trump will lift sanctions on Russia that are harmful to US business.'

He also said Mr Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton had prevented a global conflict, accusing her of being a 'symbol of world war'.

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