USA spending on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ‘not fair’

USA spending on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ‘not fair’

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

Ukraine has secured US assurances that President Donald Trump will not betray its interests when he holds his first bilateral summit meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. "And it's a big part of our deterrence effort to keep them from taking over sovereign nations as they did in the Ukraine when they took Crimea in 2014". "Change is Coming!" Trump said on Twitter in June in posts that specifically called out Germany.

"At a time when the trans-Atlantic relationship between Europe and the U.S.is under a lot of pressure over disagreements on Iran and trade, NATO is really at the core of this relationship and will Trump - by basically criticizing the Europeans and conditioning American support - bring more disunity within the alliance", said Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program who is in touch with a few diplomats who are concerned about Trump's possible reduction of troops.

Erik Brattberg of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program, anxious that criticizing Europeans weakens alliances and provides "new opportunities for countries like Russian Federation to take advantage of that". Thousands more rotate into other European countries temporarily.

Kiev has counted on USA diplomatic and financial support in its standoff with Moscow since the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of Russian-backed separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people despite a notional ceasefire.

UK Brexit ministers Davis and Baker quit in major blow to May
The prime minister will have a crunch meeting with members of her Tory party to discuss her plan in Parliament on Monday evening. Andrea Jenkyns said Mr Davis's departure was "fantastic news" and hailed Mr Baker as "another courageous and principled MP".

Germany's defence minister last week rebuffed Trump's twinning of trade and European defense spending ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Poland, Romania and the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been asking the USA for additional troops for several years. Poland, for instance, has put forth a proposal for the U.S.to build permanent military bases.

Anton Gerashchenko, a prominent Ukrainian lawmaker, said any decision by Trump to support Putin's interests in Ukraine would "extremely negatively affect all USA positions in the world because America was believed only when they defended their allies with their own strength".

While noting that "we need to do more" on defence spending, Hutchinson noted that more than half of NATO's members were on track to achieve the target set by the alliance of two per cent of gross domestic product spent on defence by 2024. "Every one of our allies - 100 percent - are increasing defence spending".

"It does concern me", the Arizona senator told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday.

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