The NATO summit provides for 70 years. But is it stirring or drowning?

* Meeting of 29 allies to celebrate the 70th anniversary. * France, Turkey, USA UU. They have different visions for NATO * NATO Europe, Turkey, Canada will spend $ 400 billion in defense By Robin Emmott LONDON, Dec. 3 (Reuters) - There will be much applause when NATO leaders meet in London to celebrate seven decades of the most successful military alliance in history. But with a French president who calls him brain death, a Turkish leader who is attacking American allies and buying Russian weapons, and an American president who questions the entire premise of his superpower defending the West: the rare political future of NATO once if he ever seemed so doubtful. The question is, while celebrating 70 years, are we greeting in celebration or do people think we are drowning? Said a senior European NATO diplomat. Queen Elizabeth will receive the leaders at Buckingham Palace. But even the British hosts, for generations the most enthusiastic champions of the transatlantic association that NATO represents, are disjointed by their project to leave the EU and distracted by a rancorous election next week. The head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, argues that despite the disputes that have reached the headlines, the alliance is in good health, as it has strengthened its ability to carry out its main mission of defending Europe after annexation of Crimea in 2014 by Russia. We face a paradox, Stoltenberg told Reuters. Yes, we have some differences, but the reality is that we are doing more things together than for many years. Europe, Turkey and Canada will commit $ 400 billion in defense spending by 2024, with the goal of placating President Donald Trump, who for a long time said US allies. UU. They must spend more on collective defense. Leaders will also agree on a new budget for 2021-2024 that reduces the United States contribution to finance the alliance. They will approve a new strategy to monitor China's growing military activity for the first time, and will name the space as a domain of war, along with air, land, sea and computer networks. Even so, allies with painful memories of a confrontation with Trump at the last NATO summit in July 2018 will now also have to deal with two other presidents present who have frustrated NATO: Frenchman Emmanuel Macron and Turkish Tayyip Erdogan . DEAD BRAIN AT 70? Macron sent chills through the alliance last month when he publicly questioned the central principle of NATO that an attack on a member is an attack on everyone. His frustration over the withdrawal of US troops in Syria in October that set the stage for Turkey's unilateral offensive in northern Syria led Macron to describe the alliance as experiencing brain death, as he denounced the lack of strategy. Erdogan sticks to a policy to defeat Kurdish fighters in Syria who fought alongside the United States, even holding the approval of NATO military plans to defend the Baltic countries and Poland in protest. It has also challenged its allies to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles despite the threat of US sanctions. Eastern Europeans are considering confronting Erdogan at the London meeting, a senior diplomat said, but they also need your support to deal with Russia, which has developed new missiles capable of hitting Europe. A Franco-German proposal would create a group of eminent figures to consider the future political role of the alliance, presenting a report for the next summit scheduled for late 2021. Russia's caution may be a unifying factor, diplomats said. The leaders will issue a statement condemning the annexation of Crimea in Moscow and its military accumulation, again committing itself to the promise of collective defense of the alliance. (Report by Robin Emmott Peter Graff Edition) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)