A US withdrawal from NATO could trigger World War 3, the top alliance official warns.
The election of Donald Trump as the next US president has fueled fears of World War 3. European leaders have expressed concern over a break out of the armed conflict between Europe and Russia.
Russia has been increasing its military presence in Suwalki Gap, a stretch of territory between Poland and Lithuania.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg comments that the alliance has thousands of troops deployed along the Poland border.
But this could not be compared with ‘Russian divisions numbering tens of thousands just across the border,” Stoltenberg writes in an article on the Observer.
Western Countries Facing Greatest Security Challenge
“Going it alone is not an option, either for Europe or for the United States,” he adds.
Stoltenberg says the West is facing its greatest security challenge in a generation, according to BBC.
He urges Trump to reconsider his position on the western alliance.
In campaign speeches and pre-election interviews, Trump had said NATO has become “obsolete.” He hinted that the US might leave the alliance.
The incoming US president had also blasted the member-countries for their low contribution to NATO’s financial requirement.
Stoltenberg agreed with Trump on this issue. In an article for Observer newspaper, he wrote that some members should increase their contribution. At present, the US accounts for nearly 70% of NATO expenses.
But he maintains that the US has a “profound strategic interest in a stable and secure Europe.”
Russia’s Putin Says No Plan to Invade Europe
“This is no time to question the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States,” Stoltenberg points out.
But amid increasing concerns over World War 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to invade Europe.
Putin explains that Russia developed the new missile systems and other military equipment only as a security measure.
Russia has doubled its military spending between 2004 and 2014. It will increase allocation for the military from 17.6 percent of total budget this year to 20.8 percent or $84.19 billion in 2017.