Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Germany is Russia's 'captive', Trump says in new outburst at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

Germany is Russia's 'captive', Trump says in new outburst at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

Nord Stream 2 is a proposed gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany.

US President Donald Trump plans to promote US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a meeting next Thursday (6 July) in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies.

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia", Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a working breakfast to open the summit.

"Our summit comes at a time when some are questioning the strength of the transatlantic bond and I would not be surprised if we have robust discussions at the summit, including on defense spending", Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday.

Only eight members of the 29-strong bloc are expected to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in 2018 - the US, Estonia, Greece, Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen dismissed the president's claim.

He said that money helped boost usa security, as the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats. "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer", Trump tweeted.

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"We need to understand it's an important game, but I accept it's very hard after a game with the emotions we had today". Belgium's haul of 14 goals is the most at this stage of a World Cup since 2002, when eventual winners Brazil had 15.

Merkel has given political backing to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import more gas, despite criticism from other European Union governments.

"But how can you be together when you're getting energy from the group you want protection from?" the president asked.

Still, the administration official said, Trump would likely reiterate U.S. support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them.

The meeting is also be taking place amid heightened tensions over USA tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports and Trump's withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran that many European countries are eager to save.

The two-day meet in Brussels was already shaping up to be the alliance's most hard in years, with Europe and the U.S. engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies "reimburse" Washington for the cost of defending the continent.

"I think it is unfair", Trump said.

In a series of tweets and comments to reporters as he departed Washington, D.C., on July 10, Trump suggested NATO's other 28 members should "reimburse" the United States for its spending on the alliance.

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As he prepared to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other NATO leaders for the traditional "family photo" op on Wednesday, Trump leveled an unsparing criticism of Germany during a sit-down meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, his first of the day.

Trump also will meet French President Emanuel Macron. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions.

The United Kingdom, with its eye on Brexit, is most likely to side with Mr. Trump, said Michael C. Desch, director of the Notre Dame International Security Center. "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem", he said.

Despite Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine and confirmed election meddling in the US, the president wouldn't say if Putin was friend or foe. That is why we have agreed today to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas.

And while she noted the "emphasis on burden-sharing", Hutchison focused on the fact that "every one of our allies - 100% - are increasing defense spending" and noted that United States allies are "on track to make the 2% pledge" regarding defense spending as a proportion of GDP.

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