Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte delivers a speech during a debate on the future of Europe during a plenary session at the European Parliament on June 13, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. / AFP / FREDERICK FLORIN
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Wednesday urged the European Union to rally urgently behind a rules-based international order against threats from Russia and even the United States.He urged the 28-nation bloc to "keep working as closely as possible with the United States," which he said remained an ally nevertheless.He said he stood before the parliament, the EU's only directly elected body, with "a real sense of urgency" because the bloc's way of conducting international relations can no longer be taken for granted. European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans, a fellow Dutchman, underscored Rutte's points on the threat from the United States.Praising past presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan for fighting for European freedom, Timmermans said shared European and U.S. values cannot be destroyed by one U.S. president.
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