Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump brands Germany a "captive of Russian Federation", days before he meets Putin

Trump brands Germany a

"They pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and we have to defend them against Russian Federation".

"Many countries are not paying what they should, and, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back", Trump said at a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump asserted that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia".

Trump specifically said it's inappropriate for Germany to spend 1.2 percent of its GDP on defense while the US spends 3.5 percent, according to the latest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Belgium Tuesday for the summit, ahead of meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain and Vladimir Putin in Russian Federation.

Stoltenberg, trying to maintain a face of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity, stressed that the alliance, despite some differences, is "stronger together than apart".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies shrugged off the demand as part and parcel of Trump's brash push for allies to spend more on their own defense at a summit in Brussels, with a quip from the alliance's chief that it should aim to meet its goal before reaching further. And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security.

"I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the USA to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

"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". Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.

Instead, Trump blistered NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg over NATO defense spending and Germany's close relationship with Russian Federation.

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood has more details.

Schumer's warning comes a day after Trump said his easiest meeting on his foreign trip to Europe over the next week could be his sit-down with Putin. I think that is very inappropriate.

European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, on the eve of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, telling him to "appreciate your allies".

"I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately". "They talk about [how] they could increase it a tiny bit by 2030". Mr Trump has written to individual European leaders berating them for not spending more on defence.

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