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

Trump heads to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit amid tensions

Trump heads to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit amid tensions

The military bloc set up to counter Russian Federation in the Cold War has often been in his firing lines, starting when he was running for office in 2016 and then after he took office in 2017. He also questioned the NATO's most important feature: that an attack on one member should be considered an attack on all members.

"This has been going on for decades and it is disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair".

"America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today", Tusk said. 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. Infographic from PA Graphics. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the US and some other European Union members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. Most NATO member states have not yet reached this goal, but a number of member states are expected to break the threshold in 2019.

In contrast, the U.S. spends 3.5% of GDP on its military. "We will work it out and all countries will be happy".

A defence spending splurge. It could raise its defence spending, but it was barely spoken about what it has done for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in recent years. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.

"While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more", he wrote.

But the US president, who as the commander-in-chief of the world's biggest military power leads the alliance, has also indicated he has other issues he wants to discuss, including non-NATO business such as trade relations with Europe.

The funding area of its website states that the USA accounts for two-thirds (67%) of defence spending of the alliance. He said Wednesday that last year's increases marked the largest in a generation.

Why does this matter now? They're also anxious about his potential embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki. He has unnerved allies that he could damage the pact while potentially embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he will meet next week in Finland. There are now around 65,000 American military personnel in Europe, down from several hundred thousand during the Cold War. The Russian leader denies meddling in the USA presidential election and other European votes.

However, his comment that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline" appeared to mis-state German energy use - about 20 percent of which is accounted for by oil and gas imports from Russia.

What has been the reaction?

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the United States into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

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