Trump sets conditions for defending NATO Allies in Baltics against Russian attack

10:20, 21 July 2016
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On the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked, according to The New York Times.


Donald Trump said he "would first look at their contributions to the alliance," NYT reports.

“I would prefer to be able to continue” existing agreements, he said, but only if allies stopped taking advantage of what he called an era of American largess that was no longer affordable.

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Asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

As UNIAN reported earlier, Donald Trump had won the Republican nomination. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be his vice presidential running mate. 

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