Bolton: trump wanted to withdraw from NATO because of its position on the "Nord stream — 2"
The American leader Donald trump wanted to threaten NATO leaders at the summit in 2018, the US withdrawal from the Alliance, if they continue to support the project of the pipeline "Nord stream - 2," recalls former White house adviser on national security, John Bolton.
This is stated in his book "the Room where it happened: a memoir of the White house," which went on sale Tuesday.
Bolton writes that in the day of the summit, trump called him and said, "are You ready for the big game today? That's what I want to say today", then he continued: "I respect NATO, but we are treated unjustly. By the first of January, all countries should pay 2% of GDP, we will forgive the debts, or we walk. While we don't get along with Russia, we are not in NATO, where NATO countries are paying billions Russia. We're leaving, if they agree to this pipeline", - quotes Bolton their conversation.
According to him, after that he talked about the threat of a trump to withdraw from NATO Secretary Mike Pompeo, they decided to convince him to stay in the Alliance, but possibly reducing contributions to the operational budget of the Alliance to the level of contributions of Germany: from 22% to 15%.
Bolton writes that trump, as always a little late, walked into the room with the words: "Well, are you ready to make a historic step today?", and then repeated his words: "We're leaving, we're not going to fight with those whom they are paid." Bolton tried to convince him not to do it, advising them to criticize countries that spend little on defense, but not to threaten them out.
In the end, in his speech, trump did what you advised him to Bolton, he declared his support for NATO, but criticized the countries of the Alliance, which is still a small defense budgets.
"He complained that NATO countries want sanctions against Russia, but Germany pays Russia billions of dollars for the "Nord stream 2" feeding the beast. Russia puts us all fools, he thought, while we pay them billions because of the new pipeline, which we should not have been allowed," writes Bolton.
Later in the day at an informal meeting of the leaders of the Alliance trump once again lashed out at Germany for its position on the project "Nord stream 2". "People say that Germany capitulated to Russia (and that's exactly what he said). How can we protect ourselves from Russia, asked trump, if the allies don't want to pay for it?" writes Bolton.
"Nord stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. States in December imposed sanctions against the project, demanding that the companies doing the strip, to immediately stop the construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline. Russia has repeatedly stated that the project is a commercial and profitable Europe.