US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers press statements prior to talks with German Chancellor at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 8, 2019. – America’s top diplomat is on a two-day tour of Germany ahead of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / POOL / AFP)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning against China and Russia on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, urging Western allies to defend hard-won freedoms.
Stressing that “we can never take … things for granted”, he said the 70-year-old NATO alliance too “runs the risk that it will become obsolete” if leaders failed to tackle new challenges.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron had criticised NATO as suffering from “brain-death”, prompting a sharp rebuke from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.