By Ben Kerrigan-
Boris Johnson plans to use the NATO summit as an opportunity to “strengthen the unity of purpose” of the alliance. The alliance has recently appeared to be split in purpose with French president Mr Macron once claiming that NATO was brain dead .blamed a lack of co-ordination as well as the unpredictability of the U.S president, Donald Trump.
Trump has previously described NATO as “obsolete” a comment that drew the frank criticism from the French leader. Macron had said:
“You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies,” Macron said. The three-hour talks are programmed to address a range of issues such as cyber-attacks and the strategic challenge posed by China.
Mr Johnson described Nato as a “giant shield of solidarity” that “protects nearly a billion people”, saying at the start of the meeting at a luxury resort in Watford: “As long as we stand together, no-one can hope to defeat us.”
However, as the group of world leaders met at Buckingham Palace for a group photo which they took with the Queen during a reception held by Buckingham Palace, some world leaders appeared to be caught on camera cracking jokes at the expense of other leaders.
In a clip, the three world leaders seem to be discussing Macron’s lateness during the London summit, held to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Princess Anne also appears to be involved in the discussion but it is unclear if or how she responds.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte is heard joking with Macron about the ‘fake news media’, with Trudeau appearing to refer to the US President’s talks with the media yesterday. British Prime Minister Johnson asks: ‘Is that why you were late?’ as he stoops down and chuckles in disbelief, before Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.’
NATO is enshrined in the North Atlantic Principle of ‘one for all and all for one’, that all members of NATO will defend any one of them if ever they were to be attacked.