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EU's Tusk urges Trump administration to "appreciate your allies"

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3. European Council President Donald Tusk (L) giving speech
4. Various of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg giving speech
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European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday appealed to the Trump administration to respect and appreciate its allies.

After the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) signed a joint declaration aimed at enhancing military cooperation, Tusk call on the U.S. to appreciate its allies before adding that the U.S. "don't have that many".

He also urged European countries to spend more on their own defense, since everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.

Tusk stressed that money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important, adding that he hopes U.S. President Donald Trump keep that in mind when they meet at the upcoming NATO summit.

Featuring high on the EU-NATO declaration are military mobility, counter-terrorism, strengthening resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks, as well as promoting the women, peace and security agenda.

The declaration also hinted that European members of NATO will increase their spending on defense.

The declaration, the second of its kind after a two-year hiatus, was inked by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on the eve of the NATO summit.

The summit, slated for July 11-12, has been in the shadow of Trump's long-simmering discontent over the military bloc's burden-sharing.

  • ID : 8085152
  • Published : 2018-07-11 11:00
  • Last Modified : 2018-07-11 11:05:15
  • Location : Brussels,Belgium
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'02
  • Audio Language : Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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