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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members keep wary eye on Trump's mood

Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 13:21

U.S. officials have said Washington is planning a strategic review, a year after Mr Trump agreed to remain involved in the 17-year-long conflict. "They got rid of their coal plants".

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany was wrong to support a new Baltic Sea pipeline to import Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for contributing to NATO defence spending meant to protect Europe from Russia.

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to.

After Putin complained that White House officials tried to stop their phone call from happening, Trump told Putin, "Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them", according to NYT via The Hill. "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic".

Credit for those added billions is being claimed fully by the US president.

The Brussels meeting comes less than a week before Mr Trump is due to hold his first summit with Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, reviving concerns among USA allies over his proximity to the Russian president.

"Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made", he tweeted Tuesday en route to Europe, asking: "Will they reimburse the USA?" "We'll see how that goes".

The Kremlin hopes to increase the dependence of Germany and Western Europe on Russian gas while depriving Ukraine and other inconvenient states of the transit fees Russia must pay to use current pipelines.

In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

Lieu went one step further, drafting an illustrated message to mock the president for his hostile comments to USA allies.

Merkel, for her part, called the two nations "good partners" and said "we wish to continue to cooperate in the future".

"We are having a great meeting, we are discussing military expenditure and we are talking about trade".

Mr Trump is due to hold his first summit with Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, on 16 July.

Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defence. Afterwards he will spend the weekend in Scotland at his gold club, Trump Turnberry, in Ayrshire.

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