19:59 GMT28 February 2020
Listen Live
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    4450
    Subscribe

    VIENNA (Sputnik) - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been sorely fractured, and it is getting even worse over time, former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl stated.

    "Alliances correspond to a period's interests, and when they fall away, the issue of the organisation's relevance emerges. I think that NATO has been preoccupied with this issue for years. If we go back to 2002-2003, the beginning of the Iraq War, NATO was on the brink of imploding. NATO is extremely fractured and it has exacerbated since then", Kneissl said.
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center front left, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, center front right, after a group photo at a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
    © AP Photo / Francisco Seco
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center front left, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, center front right, after a group photo at a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

    She also commented on the remark of French President Emmanuel about NATO being "brain dead."

    "I think, brain death is even worse than simple death. And this statement is worse than that of [US President Donald] Trump who claimed that NATO is obsolete", Kneissl noted.

    Kneissl served as a top diplomat in the government of Sebastian Kurz from 2017-2019. She came under considerable media scrutiny when Russian President Vladimir Putin attended her wedding last year.

    The former Austrian foreign minister is one of many prominent politicians and public figures interviewed by Sputnik to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Putin's leadership.

    Tags:
    Vladimir Putin, Russia, Sebastian Kurz, Austria, Karin Kneissl, NATO
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via SputnikComment via Facebook