The latest: Macron calls the constructive NATO summit

WATFORD, England (AP) - The at the NATO summit near London (always local): 5:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron described the NATO summit as positive and constructive, despite previous comments lamenting the brain death of the military alliance. Macron said at a press conference on Wednesday that he supported his controversial comments. He said they ignited a debate in NATO on important strategic issues and that when there is ice, icebreakers are needed. But Macron says it is too early to say that all allies agree with the future priorities of the alliance. He says there are still disagreements that will be resolved in the coming months. Macron had previously criticized Turkey's intervention in Syria and its lack of cooperation within the NATO alliance. He also reiterated his call for a return to dialogue with Russia to improve confidence and security in the continent. ___ 4:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says security and intelligence sharing will be the main factors in deciding whether to let the Chinese technology company Huawei build the country's 5G networks. When asked if he had decided not to allow Huawei to enter the mobile networks of the next generation in the United Kingdom, Johnson said he did not want this country to be unnecessarily hostile to foreign investment. But he added: On the other hand, we cannot harm our vital national security interests, nor can we harm our ability to cooperate with our other Five Eyes security partners, which includes the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Johnson reportedly postponed a decision on Huawei until after the December 12 elections. The United States has been pressuring European allies to avoid Huawei over concerns that the Chinese government could use it for cyber espionage, which Huawei denies. The company said Wednesday that it is sure that the UK government will continue to adopt an objective and evidence-based approach to cybersecurity. US officials warned that they might have to rethink the intelligence exchange with allies using Huawei equipment. ___ 2:55 p.m. President Donald Trump organized a lunch for the nine countries of the NATO alliance of 29 members who spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense. Trump has been pressuring NATO members to increase their defense expenses since taking office. Lunch is upon me, Trump said while sitting with representatives from the United States, Britain, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Trump for highlighting the issue and said European and Canadian allies will add $ 130 billion to their defense budgets by the end of 2020. ___ 2:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says he canceled a press conference aimed at the end of the NATO summit and will return to Washington early. Trump says he will meet with a couple more leaders on the sidelines of the summit near London. He quotes his extensive comments to journalists on Tuesday and Wednesday. If Trump had moved on with the press conference, he would probably have faced questions while the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee holds its first hearing in Washington on the political trial investigation against him. House Democrats are investigating whether Trump abused his power as president urging a foreign leader to open an investigation into one of Trump's political rivals. ___ 2:30 pm. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared himself ignorant when asked about the images of a group of NATO leaders who apparently gossip about the behavior of US President Donald Trump. When asked if leaders were discussing Trump in the images taken at Buckingham Palace, Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he really doesn't know what he means there. The images recorded during a reception on Tuesday night showed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alongside Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne of Great Britain, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Trump called Trudeau two-sided after he was heard gossiping about the American leader. ___ 2 p.m. NATO leaders say they agreed to establish a committee of experts to analyze political decision making after French President Emmanuel Macron lamented the brain death of the military alliance. After a summit near London, the leaders agreed in a statement on Wednesday a reflection process with a vision of the future that will be led by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Germany and France suggested ways to address the problem after Macron complained about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria. Turkey saw the movement as an opening to invade. No country consulted its NATO allies. ___ 1:50 p.m. Any friction that exists between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not exhibited, as they expressed optimism about the trade talks between the United States and the European Union. Merkel says there is a good basis for resuming trade talks because a new team of EU leaders has taken office. Trump says the trade agreement with the EU is one of the most difficult agreements for the United States, but meetings have been established and he believes something will be resolved for everyone. Trump says the United States just wants justice. But Trump continued to pressure Germany for not increasing its defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product, a 2024 target for NATO members. Merkel says that Germany's defense spending will increase to 1.4% next year and reach 2% in the early 2030s. ___ 1:35 p.m. President Donald Trump qualifies Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two-sided after he was heard gossip about Trump. Trump tells reporters that he believes Trudeau was upset because he mentioned the fact that Canada does not meet NATO's goal of spending 2% of its GDP on defense. In images recorded during a reception in London at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night, Trudeau was seen standing with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne de Gran Brittany, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Trudeau could be heard doing what appeared to be a reference to Trump's long and unscheduled question and answer session with journalists. ___ 1:30 in the afternoon. NATO members have reaffirmed their commitment to collective defense at a summit that seeks to soften the cracks in the transatlantic military alliance. After meeting near London, the leaders of the 29 nations affirmed in a statement that our solemn commitment as enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that an attack on an Ally will be considered an attack against all of us. Turkey, a NATO member, had threatened not to support a plan to strengthen the defense of neighboring Baltic states of Russia and Poland after other NATO members criticized Ankara's military operation in Syria. But NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that we are united, all for one and one for all. Our commitment to article 5, the collective defense clause of our alliance, is strong. ” ___ 1:15 p.m. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, met with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the NATO summit. The meeting comes when European leaders, led by French President Emmanuel Macron, are pressing the alliance to harden in Turkey after its invasion of Syria in October and the purchase of Russian land-air missiles. Trump has resisted some of those efforts to pressure Erdogan, a point of tension exposed in a fight on Tuesday with the French leader. Trump received Erdogan at the White House last month, despite the so-called bipartisan call for him to cancel Kurdish forces in Syria that were allied with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State group. The White House confirmed the meeting after Erdogan's office published a photo of the two leaders on social networks. The White House said they discussed the importance of Turkey fulfilling its alliance commitments, as well as economic and security problems. ___ 10:20 a.m. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Russia will not engage in an arms race with NATO, even if the alliance increases its military spending. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the European allies and Canada have added $ 130 billion to their defense expenses since 2016. Peskov said Wednesday that the increase in NATO military spending reinforces the Kremlin's concerns. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the expansion of NATO and the strengthening of its military infrastructure near the borders of Russia threatens the security of the nation. Peskov said, however, that Russia will not be involved in an arms race or an expense race with NATO, as it would be detrimental to the country's economy. Putin repeatedly pointed out that we are operating in a different way, he said. ___ 10:05 a.m. French President Emmanuel Macron refuses to apologize for saying that NATO is suffering brain death and says that his comments could help boost the talks in the alliance on important strategic issues. Arriving on Wednesday at a NATO summit near London, Macron said his interview with the Economist magazine, which alarmed some allies, allowed us to raise fundamental debates. The main one, says Macron, is how to build a sustainable peace in Europe. He says that NATO debates should be about other things besides budgets and finances. Macron says that the responsibility of leaders is to highlight ambiguities that could be harmful and launch a real strategic debate. In the interview last month, Macron said that NATO was suffering due to lack of US leadership. UU. And through the invasion of Turkey to northern Syria. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, described the comments as very, very unpleasant. ___ 9:45 a.m. NATO leaders minimized their differences on Wednesday and insisted they remain united for security reasons and decided to defend each other despite a series of disputes between the presidents of some of the largest member countries of the alliance. Before a summit near London, French President Emmanuel Macron had lamented the brain death of NATO due in part to what he called a lack of American leadership. President Donald Trump described his comments as very disrespectful. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that Macron himself is brain dead. Internal struggles are mainly due to the invasion of Turkey to northern Syria. Macron has complained that Trump withdrew US troops from the region without warning his NATO allies. Turkey saw the movement as a green light to send its troops. NATO is agile, NATO is active, NATO is adapting, said NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg, when journalists asked him if the world's biggest security alliance is in brain death. As long as we can deliver substance ... then NATO proves once again that we can respond to a changing security landscape, and that is the best way to also provide the unity of this alliance, he said before chairing the summit. in a luxury hotel and golf resort on the outskirts of London. 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 timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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