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    Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Executive Director said that NATO will continue on its current course regardless who wins the upcoming presidential election in the United States.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) NATO will continue on its current course regardless who wins the upcoming presidential election in the United States, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Executive Director Daniel McAdams told Sputnik.

    "Unfortunately, I think NATO probably will continue on as it’s going. I don’t see NATO going where it belongs, into the dustbin of history, under either presidency," McAdams said.

    He noted that although Republican nominee Donald Trump made some remarks a few weeks ago about NATO not being very helpful and past its due date, he then backtracked saying that the alliance was fine as long as its members are paying their fair share for being protected by the United States.

    "This is a horrible idea. It makes the US military nothing more than mercenaries for other countries. I don’t know if he’s thought that through completely," McAdams added. "So, unfortunately I don’t see a dismantling of this enormously expensive organization that actually makes us far less safe than more safe."

    NATO has been boosting its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European states, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, citing Russia's alleged interference in that conflict as justification for the move.

    At the NATO summit in Warsaw on July 8, the Alliance's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said that the military bloc would strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis with four battalions in Poland and in the Baltic nations.


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