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"NATO is going to be just fine." - Donald Trump

"I'm all in favor of NATO." - Donald Trump

"NATO remains the cornerstone of Atlantic security." - Victor Ponta

"NATO needs to adapt its strategy to meet new challenges" - Angela Merkel

"I think NATO needs to be looked at." - Jill Stein

"NATO is obsolete, because it's not taking care of terror." - Donald Trump

"NATO has been a thread throughout my life." - Madeleine Albright

"In Romania, American forces have found a devoted NATO ally." - Joe Biden

"We also have a real opportunity to join NATO." - Eduard Shevardnadze

"I think that NATO is itself a war criminal." - Harold Pinter

"NATO isn't going to be concerned about fishing." - Paul Watson

"We do have treaty obligations with our NATO allies." - Martin Dempsey

"NATO was a wonderful idea. It was formed in 1949. We are as far away from NATO as NATO was when it was done in time from the presidency of Grover Cleveland." - Barney Frank

"We're committed to NATO. From the conversations I've already had with President [Donald] Trump over the phone, he has shown to me his commitment to NATO as well." - Theresa May

"I think if NATO haven't expanded, we would have a no-man's zone between the E.U. and NATO and Russia, and that would be very dangerous." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"It's been a long time since NATO was created, and I also think Donald Trump has spoken very wisely about the need to rethink the mission of NATO." - Mike Pence

"Right now, Russia's future should be wedded to Europe. Why they see NATO as a threat is beyond me. Clearly, NATO is not a threat." - James Mattis

"Now I know a lot about NATO - NATO is obsolete, and the reason it's obsolete is because of the fact they don't focus on terrorism." - Donald Trump

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe." - Dan Quayle

"Nato allies have been looking at various missile-defence options for some time. Nato itself is developing protections for our deployed troops." - Anders Fogh Rasmussen

"I think before 1997 is over, NATO will have taken giant strides in what's called adaptation, the discussions about bringing the French fully into the NATO forces." - Warren Christopher

"It is possible there will be much less support for NATO because there is a lot of identification of the United States with NATO." - Janez Drnovsek

"While Slovakia did not make the first round of NATO membership, as various requirements and reforms are instituted, these actions will enhance the opportunities to join NATO." - John Mica

"NATO member states vary dramatically in their capability and in their political steadfastness." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Afghanistan is the most daring and ambition mission in the history of NATO." - George W Bush

"If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things." - George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen

"Okay, NATO expanded to East Berlin and East Germany. Under [Bill] Clinton NATO expanded further, to the former Russian satellites. In 2008 NATO formally made an offer to Ukraine to join NATO. That's unbelievable. I mean, Ukraine is the geopolitical heartland of Russian concern, quite aside from historical connections, population and so on." - Noam Chomsky

"NATO is built on security, but it's also built on values." - Condoleezza Rice

"NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations." - Donald Trump

"I'm all for NATO. But I said they have to focus on terror, also." - Donald Trump

"I'm a big fan of NATO. But they have to pay up." - Donald Trump

"In recent years, we`ve made historic investments in NATO, increased America`s presence in Europe." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"NATO's got a vital role to play. It's very important that we protect NATO." - Tony Blair

"NATO is an alliance, so all parts of the alliance have to be capable." - Newt Gingrich

"We are prepared to discuss a detente affecting NATO and the Warsaw pact." - John F Kennedy

"The NATO forces will, to the extent that they have capacity, assist the war crimes tribunal." - Warren Christopher

"Turkey's a NATO member. If Turkey gets attacked, we have to help defend Turkey." - Wesley Clark

"We welcome, we welcome this good cooperation between Russia and NATO." - Aleksander Kwasniewski

"Well, we are very glad that Russia is so close with NATO." - Aleksander Kwasniewski

"Our policy is European and Euro-Atlantic integration. There is no substitute for NATO." - Bidzina Ivanishvili

"If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things." - Lord Robertson

"NATO and the EU have also agreed on permanent arrangements on consultation and cooperation between themselves." - Lord Robertson

"I will hear no talk that there are no intermediate-range weapons on the NATO side." - E P Thompson

"I am encouraged by the president-elect's [Donald Trump] insistence that NATO is a commitment that does not change. And his full commitment to NATO as the foundation for our international security I think is very important." - Barack Obama

"Turkey's NATO membership is one thing that is forestalling the worst-case scenario - open conflict between Russia and Turkey - because neither Moscow nor the West wants a Russian NATO conflict to erupt." - Peter Kenyon

"Around 2008 and again in 2013 NATO officially offered the Ukraine the opportunity to join NATO. That's something no Russian government is ever going to accept. It's right at the geopolitical heartland of Russia." - Noam Chomsky

"We've had some fairly intensive discussions leading up to these meetings between NATO and Russia, preparing for them, and it's going to be a very important six months for NATO." - Warren Christopher

"How can we be isolating ourselves when it's 16 to 3 in NATO for what we want to do?" - Brit Hume

"Russia's now in the middle of a fierce confrontation with Turkey. And that's one of France's NATO allies." - Corey Flintoff

"What's the purpose of NATO? Well actually we have an official answer. It isn't publicized much, but a couple of years ago, the secretary-general of NATO made a formal statement explaining the purpose of NATO in the post-Cold War world is to control global energy systems, pipelines, and sea lanes. That means it's a global system and of course he didn't say it, it's an intervention force under US command, as we've seen in case after case. So that's NATO." - Noam Chomsky

"I think NATO is obsolete. NATO was done at a time you had the Soviet Union, which was obviously larger - much larger than Russia is today. I'm not saying Russia is not a threat. But we have other threats. We have the threat of terrorism. And NATO doesn't discuss terrorism. NATO's not meant for terrorism. NATO doesn't have the right countries in it for terrorism." - Donald Trump

"NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything - resourcing, capabilities." - Michael T. Flynn

"[Donald Trump] attitude towards our longest defense alliance and NATO, that we should somehow walk away from it." - Hillary Clinton

"[Egon] Bahr even said: If Russia agreed to the NATO expansion, he would never come to Moscow again." - Vladimir Putin

"[NATO countries] have no respect for our country. They will do it. They'll be happy to do it." - Donald Trump

"There are very complicated issues here [about NATO], and I don't want to give them short shrift." - Jill Stein

"Why do three-quarters of NATO [countries] get away with not paying anything? They have to pay their bills." - Michael T. Flynn

"We will continue to be a big contributor to NATO and our interests will be more secure." - Liam Fox

"Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy." - Vladimir Putin

"For decades, Turkey was widely viewed as a reliable NATO ally: prickly at times, but safely in America's corner." - Stephen Kinzer

"Americans have long felt that NATO isn't doing its job and that the Europeans aren't contributing enough. Trump has accelerated the decline in Atlantic solidarity by offering open contempt for NATO allies as well. The future of NATO now very much depends on Europeans. Can you begin to identify security threats, prepare yourselves and arm yourselves without the US?" - Anne Applebaum

"NATO is in our national security interests. And, yes, we pay a lot for it, but, when we had Afghanistan, NATO troops were by our side from almost all of the NATO members. And they put their life and treasure on the line for us." - James Franklin Jeffrey

"In Ukraine, there has never been a consensus behind NATO membership. Even Yulia Tymoshenko was noncommittal when she was still prime minister. Georgia under President Mikhail Saakashvili pursued a rather aggressive stance, which stood in the way of its NATO membership. Given both states' unique relationships with Russia, concerns were justified that NATO membership would trigger Russia's reasonable fears of encirclement." - Heinrich August Winkler

"When I served as US Ambassador to NATO in the 1970s, the center of gravity in Europe was France and Germany." - Donald Rumsfeld

"As Far As People Who Ran The Show, It Was The Highest Levels of NATO, the U.S., MI6, CIA And The Pentagon" - Sibel Edmonds

"The neutron warhead is a defensive weapon designed to offset the great superiority that the Soviet Union has on the western front against the NATO nations." - Ronald Reagan

"I can't believe that the Russians really think they're more insecure because Estonia is in NATO. And we don't have forces poised in Estonia to attack Russia." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"The promise to share the burden of our defense has gone unfulfilled for too many for too long, and it erodes the very foundation of NATO." - Mike Pence

"[Mikhail] Gorbachev said that he would agree to the unification of Germany, and even adherence of Germany to NATO, which was quite a concession, if NATO didn't move to East Germany. And [George] Bush and [James] Baker promised verbally, that's critical, verbally that NATO would not expand "one inch to the east," which meant East Germany. Nobody was talking about anything farther at the time. They would not expand one inch to the east. Now that was a verbal promise. It was never written. NATO immediately expanded to East Germany." - Noam Chomsky

"The nationalist right have common views. They hate the EU, they hate NATO, they dislike trade, they admire Russia. Many of them are funded by Putin." - Anne Applebaum

"I welcome the fact that Trump has clearly stated that NATO is not obsolete.And I think, also, that reflects that NATO is adapting. NATO is the most successful alliance in history because we have been able to change, to adapt when the world is changing. And now NATO is stepping up its effort in the global fight against terrorism, and we are responding to a more assertive Russia with an increase of our collective defense, with more presence in the eastern part of the alliance." - Jens Stoltenberg

"As long as NATO changes when the world is changing, we will be very important for the security of all our allies, including the United States." - Jens Stoltenberg

"Jim Stavridis is the former NATO commander who is sometimes on people's lists, also very plausible, self-possessed, someone with sobriety." - David Brooks

"Whole part of the world is a mess under [Barack] Obama, with all the strength that you're talking about and all of the power of NATO." - Donald Trump

"NATO and the USA wanted a complete victory over the Soviet Union. They wanted to sit on the throne in Europe alone." - Vladimir Putin

"Early in my term I will also be requesting that all NATO nations promptly pay their bills, which many are not now doing." - Donald Trump

"Only five NATO countries, including the United States, are currently meeting their minimum requirement to spend 2% of GDP on defense." - Donald Trump

"If Estonia or any member-state was invaded and Article V was not invoked, NATO will fall apart. If it fails once, the alliance will no longer exist." - Toomas Hendrik Ilves

"We're working with NATO, the longest military alliance in the history of the world, to really turn our attention to terrorism." - Hillary Clinton

"Is such an alliance helpful to us in this day and age? Are we creating a cold war in order to justify NATO?" - Jill Stein

"As far as the Ukraine is concerned, it's a mess. And that's under the Obama's administration, with his strong ties to NATO." - Donald Trump

"With all of these strong ties to NATO, Ukraine is a mess. Crimea has been taken. Don't blame Donald Trump for that." - Donald Trump

"There's absolutely no reason for NATO to be sticking its fingers up the nostrils of Russia at every orifice. I mean, it's absurd. It's absolutely absurd." - Rashid Khalidi

"The fact is that the American government and NATO have destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan. Their next targets will be Syria and Iran." - Mairead Corrigan

"As Iraqi forces continue the liberation of Mosul, I'm pleased that NATO will be meeting the commitment we made in Warsaw to begin training additional forces in Iraq." - Barack Obama

"We continue to stand united with Germany and our NATO allies in our ongoing efforts to build peace and stability in Afghanistan." - Barack Obama

"America is the one that has led the effort to strengthen NATO and strengthen the front-line states against Russia's pressures." - John F Kerry

"So long as the Soviet Union has nuclear weapons there have to be nuclear weapons somewhere in NATO to deter them from using them." - Denis Healey

"Unilateral disarmament by Britain is opposed to our country's best interests, could begin the unravelling of NATO and therefore jeopardise the stability of Europe." - James Callaghan

"Albania does not feel alone. It is part of the Partnership for Peace structures in NATO, and it will do what it can within that." - Fatos Nano

"The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a threat to both the Nato allies and Russia." - Anders Fogh Rasmussen

"If NATO goes in and solves the crisis in Darfur, when the next one comes along Africa's leaders will just sit back." - George Ayittey

"The alliance should agree... to an effective NATO role against the new threats presented by international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction." - Jose Maria Aznar

"We have an interest in excellent relations because we are neighbours as Europeans with Russia. We are allies with the United States in the NATO framework." - Joschka Fischer

"The United States, obviously, has a great interest in helping to maintain peace and security in Europe, and we have a formal alliance, NATO, to do so." - Hillary Clinton

"It should be clear to all, after the past ten years, that NATO isn't attacking Serbia because of Milosevic; it is attacking Milosevic because of Serbia." - Slobodan Milosevic

"America's commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of NATO is a sacred obligation in our view - a sacred obligation not just for now, but for all time." - Joe Biden

"Within NATO, our Defence Capabilities Initiative has identified the essential capabilities all Allies must have for modern operations, and Allies are working to meet those requirements." - Lord Robertson

"The controversy over Russian gas deliveries shines a glaring spotlight on the risks involved in this industry. In an energy NATO, EU and NATO member states would guarantee one another assistance in obtaining energy, in any form, but without violence. Of course, we need an additional pipeline system for this purpose." - Lech Kaczynski

"Ever since I became NATO Secretary General, I have emphasised the need for enhanced political dialogue among the Allies. And I am glad that, over the last few years, we've had more regular, and increasingly constructive, political discussions in NATO on a wider range of issues." - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

"We continue to receive reports that the morale of some elements is being damaged, .. They are being affected by the impunity with which NATO aircraft can operate over Kosovo and Serbia, the accuracy and the growing knowledge.. of deployed locations. In summary, NATO has eroded the capability of Milosevic's war machine and it is being further reduced as each day goes by." - John Day

"I think that there is a bipartisan consensus that's incorrect that we should have the whole world be in NATO. For example, if we had Ukraine and Georgia in NATO - and this is something McCain and the other neocons have advocated for - we would be at war now because Russia has invaded both of them." - Rand Paul

"I see NATO as a good thing to have - I look at the Ukraine situation and I say, so Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we are doing all of the lifting, they're not doing anything." - Donald Trump

"What NATO troops are doing in Afghanistan is to train, assist and advise Afghans, but they are actually doing the fighting. They are actually taking the responsibility for the security in their own country. And that is a great achievement, compared to what we saw just a few years ago, when NATO troops had to conduct the combat operations fighting the Taliban." - Jens Stoltenberg

"I have no doubt that the U.S., even under Trump, will stick to the mutual defense commitment in the NATO treaty in the event of an emergency. Trump described NATO as being obsolete during his election campaign, but he made clear afterward that he considers the alliance to be an indispensable necessity." - Jean-Claude Juncker

"Back in 2007, many people criticized me for my talk at the Munich Security Conference. But what did I say there? I merely pointed out that the former NATO Secretary General Manfred Worner had guaranteed that NATO would not expand eastwards after the fall of the Wall." - Vladimir Putin

"I read on the front page of the Wall Street Journal that NATO is opening up a major terror division. And I think that's great. And I think we should get - because we pay approximately 73 percent of the cost of NATO. It's a lot of money to protect other people." - Donald Trump

"Following the end of the Cold War, there was much discussion concerning the point of NATO. In the event, it was reinvented as a means of reducing Russia's reach on its western frontiers and seeking to isolate it. Its former East European client states were admitted to NATO, as were the Baltic states." - Martin Jacques

"I know very well that Berlin attaches great importance to NATO and solidarity, in terms of sharing the burden. For this reason, I feel confident that the German government will take the right decision, one that serves both German and NATO interests." - Anders Fogh Rasmussen

"For the United States to be a global leader, we have to have a very tight relationship with Europe. And we've held that relationship since 1949 when we established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. NATO is the bond. It's a security bond." - Wesley Clark

"NATO was constructed on the - with the reason, whether one believes it or not, that it was going to defend Western Europe from Russian assault. Once the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was beginning to collapse, that reason was gone. So, first question: why does NATO exist?" - Noam Chomsky

"In the case of Yugoslavia v. NATO, one of the charges was genocide. The U.S. appealed to the court, saying that, by law, the United States is immune to the charge of genocide, self-immunized, and the court accepted that, so the case proceeded against the other NATO powers, but not against the United States." - Noam Chomsky

"NATO believes it can pick on a small nation and force us to surrender our independence. And that is where NATO miscalculated. You are not willing to sacrifice lives to achieve our surrender. But we are willing to die to defend our rights as an independent sovereign nation." - Slobodan Milosevic

"The question was never whether the United States, E.U., NATO, Arab League, U.N. Security Council, and African Union could together using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military attacks to bring Qaddafi down. The question was always how much time, how much blood, and what damage to NATO." - Elliott Abrams

"NATO will not become involved in partitioning that country, .. We're not going to engage in an operation that will fix demarcation lines. This is one country, and it will remain one country." - Bill Vaughan

"I dont want a Europe that is just a free-trade area attached to NATO. Even less do I want a Europe where its everyone against everyone, and social and fiscal dumping replaces solidarity." - Segolene Royal

"Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, they all have ties to Iranian money. I think they are the biggest exist - existential threat. Russia could be up there, but it would probably be to one of our NATO allies rather than the homeland." - Eric Bolling

"I think would send a very strong message to Putin and to Russia that NATO countries and the United States are going to respond by growing stronger economically and strategically." - Mike Pence

"Let's allow Poland and the Czech Republic to have that missile shield that they were entitled to by joining NATO. I think that's the right strategic response to Russian aggression." - Mike Pence

"Commitment and co-operation to overcome barriers and difficulties, and determination to achieve the standards of the EU as well as NATO membership, are and have always been the principal target." - Alfred Moisiu

"NATO has been supporting Haj pilgrimage for those Afghans who wish to go to Saudi Arabia. The Alliance has played a role in helping transport concerning their security as they leave and come back to Afghanistan." - James Appathurai

"I have heard some say... that such [homosexual] practices are allowed in France and in other NATO countries. We are not French, and we are not other nationals. We are British, thank God!" - Bernard Law Montgomery

"The minute Putin went into Crimea, what Obama should have done is sent 50,000 troops to NATO. He didn't have to engage them, just send them. That puts the fear of God into people." - Rudy Giuliani

"Well, if the NATO countries don't make more of their troops usable and don't get the equipment to get them fast where the action is, then the organisation will suffer and will increasingly become irrelevant." - George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen

"Future U.S. political leaders, those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me, may not consider the return on America's investment in NATO worth the cost." - Robert M Gates

"All nations agree that ISAF and OEF need to work more closely together, and that when NATO takes over operations throughout the country that there must be unity of command." - James Appathurai

"I believe a strong NATO has been the bulwark of our defence in Europe. Obviously that's important in the UK national interest and I believe it's important in the US national interest" - Theresa May

"Whether [Turkey] is a NATO country or not, it doesn't have the right to invade any other country according to the international law or to any other moral value." - Bashar al-Assad

"We cannot give Russia veto over deployment of forces on NATO territory. But we have to understand their particular sensitivities, and, therefore, there should be a dialogue on these issues." - Henry A Kissinger

"If Trump takes an aggressive anti-Iranian stand, I suspect it will complicate his relations with Russia; how much so, depends on what else Trump does, particularly about participation in NATO." - Lawrence Davidson

"America picks up 73 percent of the cost of NATO. We're paying to protect them. Wouldn't it be nice if people would pay, and we could do things properly? That's got to change." - Donald Trump

"America is always fighting. We're the one that wants to go to World War III with Russia over Ukraine. So we're the ones always fighting. We're the ones putting up a lot of the money for NATO disproportionately - a lot." - Donald Trump

"I think NATO as a concept is good, but it is not as good as it was when it first evolved. And I think we bear the, you know, not only financially, we bear the biggest brunt of it." - Donald Trump

"We are deploying battle groups, battalions, which we consider necessary to convey a message of deterrence, credible deterrence, that if one NATO ally is attacked, it will trigger a whole response from the whole alliance." - Jens Stoltenberg

"I think it is a very important step in the right direction that the Afghans have taken over responsibility for the security in their own country, and NATO being able to end its combat presence in Afghanistan." - Jens Stoltenberg

"Turkey's a valued ally, important ally for NATO, not the least because of its strategic geographic location, bordering Syria and Iraq and close to Russia and the Black Sea." - Jens Stoltenberg

"Donald Trump made it clear in that very interview that America will stand by our allies. We will uphold up our treaty obligations, including the mutual defense agreement that is NATO." - Mike Pence

"The NATO alliance is not just a transactional relationship, once again. That alliance serves our interests. That alliance has been critical to keeping security in Europe, so that we do not face another world war." - James Franklin Jeffrey

"Nowhere is it written that NATO had to accept certain countries. All that would have been required to refrain from doing so was the political will. But people didn't want to." - Vladimir Putin

"Now they [NATO and the USA ] are sitting there, and we are talking about all these crises we would otherwise not have. You can also see this striving for an absolute triumph in the American missile defense plans." - Vladimir Putin

"The fact is that there was a long war in which Serbia and its capital Belgrade were bombarded and attacked with missiles. It was a military intervention of the West and NATO against the then rump Yugoslavia." - Vladimir Putin

"It's a very serious matter. And what should we do about it? We should reinforce NATO. We need to be prepared to take solid actions to make it clear that we will not tolerate any intervention, and Russian intervention." - John Kasich

"I don't think anybody who is already with Donald Trump is going to be peeled off by his not knowing about NATO or why Japan does not have nuclear weapons, or things of that sort." - James Fallows

"He was in Poland to participate in the NATO conference, President [Barack] Obama did respond well to the back-to-back killings, as well as to the attacks on Dallas police officers that followed." - Julianne Malveaux

"We are very grateful for the vital contributions Germany has made to this fight, training local forces in Iraq, sharing intelligence providing reconnaissance aircraft including the recent deployment of additional NATO AWACS." - Barack Obama

"When we look at how, constitutionally, only Congress can declare war, and that is routinely ignored. Not NATO or the UN, but Congress has to authorize these endless wars, and it isn't." - Edward Snowden

"think that the external situation has also changed somewhat. The reduction of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has, in a sense, reduced how inflamed the situation on the Pakistani border regions was and is." - Mohsin Hamid

"To be an ally is a formal military alliance. And we have a formal military alliance in NATO. But we are partners with other countries all across the world. And they're - they will be a partner." - Joe Biden

"Now, you're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe. If you look at the entire NATO Europe today, the center of gravity is shifting to the east." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The US, whether we like it or not, has nuclear weapons. The US is a member of NATO. Possession by the US of nuclear weapons is obviously a deterrent." - Denis Healey