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    The two-day meeting of the NATO heads of state and government starts on Tuesday in the UK capital.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is addressing the NATO summit to mark the 70th anniversary of the alliance.

    The Summit will take place on 3-4 December and US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to participate in the event.

    The leaders of NATO member states are expected to adopt a final communique at the end of the summit that will reflect the bloc’s position on the regional and international agenda's key issues.

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    • 21:21

      'The UK Should Be a Neutral State - Veterans for Peace UK Activists

      Alan Chick, 70, and Jim Radford, 91, both from Veterans for Peace UK (VfP UK) say it is VfP UK policy that the UK "should be a neutral state", which would "necessitate its withdrawal from NATO".

      In a personal capacity Chick, who was a former Marine Engineer Mechanic 1st Class with the Royal Navy, and Radford, a former gallow boy during WWII, said whatever value NATO once had is now gone:

      "Immediately after the war, it made sense to say if we are attacked we will come to each other’s defence. But now it is a ridiculous situation now, with all kinds of countries in who would necessarily honour that treaty."

      Chick and Radford both agreed that NATO "has been used to antagonise Russia" and that NATO has been a tool for the ideological battle between the US and Russia. Alan disagreed with the idea that NATO engenders peace and security saying "look at what they did in Ukraine".

      Police finally open the gates at 18.00 and let through protestor to continue to Buckingham Palace
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    • 21:01

      'NATO is Aggressive Military Alliance' - Activist at London Protests

      "We're here because NATO is an aggressive military alliance. Donald Trump is a racist and misogynist and someone fundamentally opposed to the rights of working people. And our message to the government is that we shouldn't be wasting our money in support of an alliance responsible for some of the worst foreign policy blunders of the last 20 years," John Reese of Stop the War / Don't Extradite Assange Campaign said. 

    • 20:46

      Trump Says Next G7 Summit to Be Held at Camp David in Maryland

      US President Donald Trump told reporters in London on Tuesday that next year's G7 Summit will be held at Camp David in Maryland.

      "We're going to do it at Camp David," Trump said when asked whether he had picked a new site for the G7 summit.

      Trump added they will be doing some "special things" at Camp David and mentioned it was a site many people liked.

      In October, the White House faced a lot of backlash when it announced the controversial decision to use the Trump National Doral Miami resort venue to host the G7 summit on 10-12 June.

      Trump still has not ruled out inviting Putin to next year's G7 summit.

    • 19:54

      Merkel Says She Goes to NATO Summit 'With Sense of Optimism'

      "With all the differences between members, and we need to address them, we need to talk about the future of NATO and our common strategic interests, I'm going into this meeting relatively optimistically," Merkel said.

    • 19:36

      Protests Against NATO and US President Trump Take Place in London

       Demonstration against the state visit of President Donald Trump, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

      Londoners Protest NATO and US President as Trump Arrives in UK for Bloc's Summit - Video

      The protests come as the NATO summit is underway in the British capital. The summit is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the alliance.
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      Man with Trump mask and sign opposed to nukes and war and NATO
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      Women from Global Women's Strike at Anti-NATO Protest in London
      Two women came to anti NATO demo to denounce treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
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      Two women came to anti NATO demo to denounce treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
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      Rob Miller of Cuba Solidarity Campaign holds banner as anti-NATO demonstration moves from Trafalgar Sq to Buckingham Palace
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    • 19:12

      US Will Deal With Nations Not Spending Enough on NATO ‘From Trade Standpoint’ - Trump

      The United States will deal with those nations that do not spend enough on NATO from the standpoint of trade, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.

      "Some countries that aren't fulfilling their commitments, those countries are going to be dealt with, maybe I’ll deal with them from a trade standpoint, maybe I’ll deal with them in a different way," Trump said.

      On Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said plans for member states to increase defence budgets by a combined $400 billion by 2024 marks "unprecedented progress" but allies must not become complacent.

      According to NATO figures, the majority of states will meet guidelines stipulating that countries must allocate 2 per cent of their GDP to defence spending. In 2019, nine allies will meet this target, Stoltenberg announced.

      The latest figures will seek to cool tensions within the alliance arising from US President Donald Trump’s criticisms of NATO allies for failing to meet defence spending targets. The US currently allocates the highest proportion of its GDP to defence spending and Trump has threatened to withdraw from the alliance if other states do not follow.

    • 19:06

      Trump Says Impeachment 'Is Done For Purely Political Gain'

      Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in London, US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused the impeachment probe launched against him by the Democrats as a 'hoax'.

      "It's turned out to be a hoax. It's done for purely political gain," Trump said.

      "All you have to do is read the transcripts, you'll see there was absolutely nothing done wrong," he added, referring to the records of his phone calls with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

      US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

      Trump Says Impeachment Case Should Be Over After Zelensky Denied Wrongdoing

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump told reporters that the House impeachment inquiry against him should be closed after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied the US president did anything wrong.
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    • 18:10

      Trump Says He Is Proud of People Who Intervened in London Bridge Attack

      "I was very proud of those people who grabbed him and did such a good job between the fire extinguishers and whatever else - it was an amazing job they did," Trump said in London, where he arrived to attend a two-day NATO summit.

      Karachi-Based Daily Newspaper Draws Flak for Stating London Attacker is Pakistani

      New Delhi (Sputnik) - The Dawn has reported the London attacker as: “London Bridge attacker identified as Usman Khan, UK national of Pakistani origin” and “London attacker of Pakistani descent is terror convict: Officials”. He was earlier convicted for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010, as well as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
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    • 18:05

      Trump Says Treaty With Russians 'Could Be a Great Thing'

      "Russians want a treaty and so do we - it could be a great thing," US President Donald Trump told journalists in London.  

    • 18:03

      Macron Says 'Technically Not Possible' for NATO Members to Buy S-400 From Russia

      S-400 Air Defence Systems

      'Technically This is Not Possible': Macron Claims NATO Members Can't Buy S-400 Systems From Russia

      This year, Russia completed the delivery of all components of the S-400 air defence missile systems to Turkey which is a NATO member. According to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the S-400 will be fully operational in April 2020.
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    • 17:38

      NATO Summit: Macron Says Alliance Members Have Different Definitions of Terrorism

      Turkey 'Sometimes Works With Daesh Proxies', French President Claims

    • 15:25

      Trump Set to Announce Cut to US NATO Contributions in 'Message' to Allies - Report

      U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive at Stansted Airport, ahead of the NATO summit, in Stansted, Britain December 2, 2019

      Trump Set to Announce Cut to US NATO Contributions in 'Message' to Allies - Report

      US concern about burden-sharing in respect of NATO typically centres on the amount of money each country spends on its own defence. While the alliance suggests budgets amount to two percent of GDP, several countries have been reticent to up their contributions.
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    • 15:24

      Jens Stoltenberg Cannot Promise to Heal Rift With Turkey by End of London Summit

      "I will not promise that, but what I can say is that we are working on that. But it is not like NATO doesn't have a plan to defend the Baltic countries," Stoltenberg  said.

    • 15:19

      How Much Does ‘Brain Death’ Cost? The Rising Pressure on European Budgets

      NATO soldiers of U.S. take part in a military exercise 'Saber Strike 2018' at the Training Range in Pabrade some 60km (38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 11, 2018

      How Much Does ‘Brain Death’ Cost? The Rising Pressure on European Budgets

      The core principle of NATO is that collective defence means collective spending. As one of the requirements to join NATO, an aspiring member state should be able to devote sufficient resources to allied running costs.
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    • 14:46

      Emmanuel Macron Must Make Concrete Proposals for NATO Reform - Poland's Andrzej Duda

    • 14:34

      Poland's President Duda Spoke to Turkey's Erdogan on Sunday, Hopes For Solution on Blocked NATO Military Plans

    • 14:34

      'Very Nasty': Trump Chastises Macron for Comment on 'Brain Dead' NATO, Threatens France With Tariffs

      US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London on December 3, 2019.

      'Very Nasty': Trump Chastises Macron for Comment on 'Brain Dead' NATO, Threatens France With Tariffs

      Donald Trump has arrived in London for a two-day NATO summit which marks the 70th anniversary of the alliance. Previously, he has repeatedly criticised what he calls the lack of equal 'burden-sharing' by NATO's European members.
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    • 14:33

      Turkey Will Not Support NATO in Poland If Bloc Ignores Ankara's Interests - Erdogan

      FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 22 October 2019

      Turkey Will Not Support NATO in Poland If Bloc Ignores Ankara's Interests - Erdogan

      Earlier, Ankara had vetoed NATO's defence plan for Poland and the Baltic states, supposedly over the US refusing to support the same for Turkey, after Ankara suggested declaring Syria's YPG Kurdish militia a terrorist organisation.
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