North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief says U.S. leadership 'as important as ever'

Donald Trump delivers election victory speech

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGingrich wants to be "chief planner" in Trump administration 7 reasons Trump won and we're surprised Industry experts speculate about Trump's SEC nominee MORE on his victory Wednesday while reminding the president-elect that "U.S. leadership is as important as ever".

Dr Brian Klaas of the London School of Economics, said: "I think we woke up in a much more unsafe world than the one we went to bed in".

"I look forward to meeting Mr. Trump soon, and welcoming him to Brussels for the NATO Summit next year to discuss the way forward", added the NATO chief.

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The US was a founding member of NATO in 1949, and Article 5 of the treaty states that the 28 members agree to automatically come to the aid of any member should they be attacked.

Trump, a Republican who had never previously run for office, assumes the presidency on January 20 after defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's USA election. "The two most important security pillars of Latvia's security, the US and Britain, have both cracked during the a year ago", she wrote in her Facebook post. "USA leadership is as important as ever", he added.

On financial markets, shares in European defence companies rose as investors bet arms spending would rise in response to Trump's calls for Europe to pay more for its security. "Rather than lowering our heads, we must rise to the challenge".

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A USA think-tank has said it believes Russian Federation could overrun Nato's current military force in the Baltic states in a matter of hours, if a conflict began.

Stoltenberg, a former prime minister whose own country Norway borders Russian Federation, sought to remind the new president-elect that the only time North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had activated its so-called Article 5 commitment, was in the defense of the United States - following the September 11 attacks on NY and Washington in 2001.

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