PRAGUE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 23th August, 2016) : US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is better than her Republican rival Donald Trump on security for NATO allies, the Czech prime minister said Tuesday, echoing leaders of other alliance members in eastern Europe. "Considering the pre-election statements made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, from the point of view of guarantees for the allies, I see more security if Clinton is elected," Bohuslav Sobotka told the Czech financial daily Hospodarskie Noviny (HN).
Clinton, a former US secretary of state, offers "a greater guarantee of maintaining trans-Atlantic cooperation," Sobotka added. Trump sparked ire last month among eastern NATO members who were ruled by Moscow during the Soviet era when he waffled on defending NATO partners, thus questioning a key security guarantee of the alliance. Asked by the New York Times about Russian activities that have alarmed the Baltic nations, NATO's newest members, Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations "have fulfilled their obligations to us."