Trump slams Russia's 'captive' Germany over gas deal ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

12 July, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

Trump went on to complain that the United States is expected to "defend them against Russian Federation", despite Germany making "billions of dollars" in energy payments to Moscow.

Later Wednesday, Mr. Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit. "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany". "I think it's something North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has to look at".

During a heated breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday, Trump said Germany pays billions of dollars to Russian Federation and "we have to defend them against Russian Federation".

Ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump sent letters to allies Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium blasting them for not spending enough on defense ― an oft-repeated criticism of the alliance. "And frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, and they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

"It's very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayers", he said, adding, "We can't put up with it".

Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia.

Stoltenberg, who is a former Norwegian prime minister and not German, told Trump that allies traded with Russian Federation even during the Cold War, the Post reported.

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"President Trump has a very direct language and message on defence spending, but fundamentally we all agree that we need fair burden sharing", Stoltenberg said on his arrival at the summit.

"I think it's a very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and I don't think it should have happened, and I think we have to talk to Germany about it".

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump had used "very direct language" but that all NATO allies were agreed that the cost of defence spending must be spread around and that previous year had seen the biggest increase in a generation. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they understood it or they just didn't want to get involved".

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!", he tweeted last month before tearing into the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its former director James Comey.

President Donald Trump has left for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels with a stark warning from European Council President Donald Tusk.

Trump called Germany a rich country that could increase its defense spending immediately if it wanted to.

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