Sharing the financial burden on the content of the alliance is important, the alliance said in a statement.
Mike Pompeo and Annegret Crump-Carrenbauer. Photo: REUTERS / MMA / PKP
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who previously spoke about military assistance to Ukraine, and German Defense Minister Annegret Crump-Karrenbauer during a meeting in Berlin, noted the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries within NATO, the US Department of State said.
вЂњThe Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense emphasized the need to strengthen US-German cooperation, including within the framework of the NATO alliance, and agreed that sharing the burden (financial on the content of the alliance) is of great importance in countering threats to transatlantic security, as well as global security.вЂќ вЂ” says in a distributed message.
The parties also discussed issues related to Syria, Ukraine, Iran, Russia, and China, the State Department noted, without giving details.
NATO-related issues have been debated by world politicians following statements by French President Emmanuel Macron, who doubted the viability of the Alliance.
On the eve, he said that NATO is in a coma due to the complete lack of coordination on strategic decisions between the United States and NATO allies, in particular, Turkey.
What we are currently experiencing is a NATO coma, вЂњMacron told The Economist, a British magazine.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg did not agree with the French president, who said that cooperation of exclusively European countries could not replace transatlantic unity.
вЂњEuropean unity cannot replace transatlantic unity,вЂќ Stoltenberg said, commenting on MacronвЂ™s words.
вЂњAny attempt to alienate Europe from North America poses a risk to weaken the alliance and the transatlantic link, but it can also divide Europe,вЂќ the allianceвЂ™s secretary-general said.
In turn, Pompeo said that NATO continues to play a crucial strategic role in ensuring security in the world.
вЂњI think that NATO remains important, perhaps one of the most important strategic partnerships in history,вЂќ said Pompeo at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
According to the US Secretary of State, in view of the key role of the alliance, it is necessary that all member countries fulfill their obligations on defense spending.
Maas also noted that he also does not share MacronвЂ™s views.
Recall, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the North Atlantic Alliance should retain its leading role in European collective defense, which at the same time will be complemented by the European security system.