Trump falsely claims North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries owe United States money for defense spending

Trump falsely claims North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries owe United States money for defense spending

Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and USA allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties.

Downing Street made clear that she expected Trump to bring up the novichok attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, which claimed the life of British woman Dawn Sturgess this week, at his summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Freeland says she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.

Trump's criticism involved countries he said are not spending enough on their own defenses in exchange for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protection.

In response, Lindsay Koshgarian, program director for the National Priorities Project which tracks Pentagon spending and its social implications, said that European leaders-and the people they represent-should be very wary about Trump's demand to increase military expenditures. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they'd up it or wanted to get involved", Trump said.

Germany's energy relationship with Russian Federation has long frustrated Washington and Eastern Europe, who fear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that bypasses the Baltic nations and Poland could be used to cut them off from crucial energy supplies. "And I think that leaders are also looking forward to your thoughts about the meeting with President Putin later on".

Referring to the 97-2 vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate affirming its support for NATO, Kerry called on Republican lawmakers to call Trump on his actions.

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.

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Trump's words about the upcoming Putin meeting contrasted sharply with the way in which he assailed Germany as he arrived in Brussels.

Mrs Merkel offered a stern rebuke to the US President, harking back to her past after growing up in Soviet-controlled former religion of East Germany.

"Very bad thing for NATO", Mr. Trump said.

Later Wednesday, Mr. Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit.

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense.

But Trump hit back: "But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country's electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy. "We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

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