Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the passing of Helmut Schmidt

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I am deeply saddened by the passing of Helmut Schmidt.


He was a great statesman who believed in the European project and in strengthening our transatlantic Alliance.

Mr Schmidt was an insightful leader who understood that there is no contradiction between a strong defence and dialogue. This provided a firm basis for constructive engagement during the Cold War. A principled leader, Schmidt stood behind his convictions even when they were unpopular.

I express my most profound condolences to his family and the people of Germany.

 Source: NATO

L. J. De Rothschild

Senior Editor

NATO Section

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