12 février 2024 | International, Sécurité

ANALYSIS | Trump's NATO comments aren't cause for panic — but they should be taken seriously, experts warn | CBC News

There was a "keep calm and carry on" atmosphere outside the House of Commons on Monday as a political storm blew up over Donald Trump's threat to encourage Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to NATO members he thinks aren't paying their fair share of the cost of collective defence.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trump-nato-canada-bill-blair-1.7113129

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    13 décembre 2019 | International, Terrestre

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    29 novembre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

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