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Russia is ready to work together with NATO, but its expansion has led to an “unprecedented level of tension” in Europe, the Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told the conference. Moscow is open for political dialogue and diplomacy but believes it does not make any sense without military cooperation. NATO, however, has not shown a readiness for such cooperation.
The US seemingly tried to reassure its allies, alarmed by Donald Trump’s campaign statements on the alliance being “obsolete.” America “strongly supports NATO” and is fully committed to this transatlantic alliance, the US Vice President Pence said at the conference. “As you keep faith with us, under President Trump we will always keep faith with you,” he added, reiterating, the demand, however, that allies to pay their “fair share” of 2 percent of GDP to maintain NATO.
“When even one ally fails to do their part, it undermines all of our ability to come to each other’s aid,” Pence stated, clearly implying that failure to increase spending was not an option for NATO nations.