London, December 3 (Hibya) – As leaders of 29 countries gather in London to celebrate 70 years of Nato, the future of the world’s most successful military alliance remains in doubt.
Ahead of the summit, Nato Chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia the alliance is ready to respond to any attack on Poland or the Baltic countries.
On Wednesday the Nato summit will take place at the Grove Hotel, near Watford on the outskirts of London. NHS staff lead protests as Trump visits London for Nato summit. Doctors and nurses will march to Buckingham Palace, where the US president will be dining with Queen and other leaders.
Several members of the monarchy are expected to be present, with the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall formally greeting guests. Prince William is away on a Middle East engagement, while Prince Andrew has not been named on the list.
The leaders, including President Trump, will then make the short trip to Downing Street where Boris Johnson is expected to host a second reception after the visit to the Queen.
Before the two-day summit, to include receptions at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plus a working session at a golf resort in outer London, Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund think tank, said the 29 NATO allies are approaching this meeting “with a sense of foreboding.”
French President Emmanuel Macron earlier said the world was witnessing the “brain death” of Nato, adding that “strategically and politically, we need to recognize that we have a problem.”
US president Donald Trump has long complained that member countries aren’t meeting their financial commitments to Nato, and has indicated his country is wavering in its support for the alliance.
“Few anticipate a gathering that will both unify and stop the growing cracks in cohesion. Alliance leaders carry the responsibility to articulate NATO’s common purpose and ongoing relevance. If they do not, Vladimir Putin will be raising a glass in Moscow to the fraught state of the alliance at 70,” she said, in reference to Russia’s president.
Hibya News Agency