BRUSSELS – German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted on Wednesday to a statement made hours earlier by United States President Donald Trump in Brussels accusing Germany of becoming a captive to Russia.
Merkel, on arrival to a NATO summit, dismissed an earlier statement by Trump accusing Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia,” in reference to Russian gas supplies to Germany.
Merkel’s response stressed that Germany was an independent country and its foreign policy lacked any foreign interference and added: “I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today.”
The German chancellor added that Germany was the third biggest provider of NATO troops, NATO infrastructure and, for many years, one of the most actively engaged NATO countries in Afghanistan.
The German chancellor pointed out that Afghanistan was the first time in NATO’s history the Atlantic Charter’s Article 5 had been invoked.
Said article enshrines the Atlantic Alliance’s principle of collective defense whereby each member state must consider an armed attack against one member state to be an armed attack against all.