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

He demanded via tweet that members "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics. Washington spent 3.6 per cent a year ago.

The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the United States president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around. And after that heated exchange, the two leaders - Merkel and Trump - actually met one-on-one for a private meeting. But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor".

Kerry, who served as the Secretary of State from 2013-17, said Trump makes public adversaries out of its friends, and turns U.S. adversary, who has been attacking America's democracy, into his fawned-over ally.

After the two-day summit in Brussels, Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

The unnamed White House aides reportedly attempted to stop President Trump from congratulating Putin on his election victory.

'We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

When asked for response to that, Stoltenberg said he will focus on what they have agreed. But Mr. Trump's claim that Germany is "a captive of Russia" is manifestly false.

According to Eurostat, the European Union's main statistics agency, Russian Federation is the source of 25% to 50% of Germany's oil imports and 50% to 75% of its gas imports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel fired back at Trump's accusation with a pithy comment. "I think that's very inappropriate". "Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending. Allies will deliver on fairer burden-sharing, he said, pointing out that European Allies and Canada are expected to spend an extra $266 billion on defence between now and 2024. Opponents state that Trump is furthering Putin's agenda to break up the Western alliance.

Trump's White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed the ask to reporters, claiming that it was not a new position for the US president.

Ms. Merkel has been considerably tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin than Mr. Trump has; unlike the US president, she has never suggested acceptance of Russia's forcible annexation of Crimea. "And it can't be explained, and you know that".

The growing consumption of Russian oil and gas comes at the same time Germany and its allies are confronting Russia over numerous issues, including Russia's invasion of Crimea and election interference around the world.

By slapping higher tariffs on European Union metals experts and threatening more on cars, Trump has shown his anger at the USA trade deficit with the European Union.

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