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NATO Refuses to Let Brexit Harm Alliance’s Relationship With London

© REUTERS / Francois Lenoir NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg - Sputnik International
NATO Secretary-General said that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will not affect the relations between NATO and London.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels - Sputnik International
UK to Remain Strong, Committed NATO Ally After Brexit - Stoltenberg
MOSCOW (Sputnik) The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will not affect the relations between NATO and London, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday at the press conference.

“Brexit will change the relationship between the UK and the European Union, but it will not change UK’s position inside the NATO. UK will remain a strong and committed ally and [Prime Minister] David Cameron and the government have clearly stated that they will continue to be committed ally living up to all the obligations. And I am certain that the new government will continue that line,” Stoltenberg said.

He reminded that the United Kingdom is an important member of the alliance with large defense spending contribution.

“UK is a major provider of security in Europe and provider of security for the NATO alliance,” he said, stressing that the UK accounts for one quarter of defense spending among European NATO allies.

He added that the upcoming Warsaw summit NATO and the European Union are planning to step up cooperation.

“We will do that at the Warsaw summit where president Tusk, President Junker and I will sign a declaration on how we can develop, how we will strengthen NATO-EU cooperation,” he said underlining the importance of EU to stability in Europe.

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