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Canada part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation communique affirming defence spending target despite PM's remarks

Canada part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation communique affirming defence spending target despite PM's remarks

The US makes up roughly two thirds of total alliance defence spending, but that includes all American military expenditure around the world, including domestically.

In the Brussels summit declaration published on Wednesday, nothing changed.

Asked about the mentioned figures of $33 to $40 billion, Trump said that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will announce the exact figure, but hinted that the essence was that NATO allies were going to spend those amounts much faster than previously thought.

"Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 percent", he said.

But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter. Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, on Thursday he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending.

That's because, despite the political rhetoric, Trump - like his other 28 allies - signed a summit communique that had been agreed to by their ambassadors last weekend, five days before the summit began.

Trump delivered the line after what several sources said was an improvised rant focussed on his grievances about transatlantic ties, but appeared to hesitate before issuing his ultimatum, which led to some confusion about what he really meant. And she has been a steadfast defender of Ukraine, which saw its Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and continues to contend with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern region.

"Putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor", McCain said in the statement. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

US President Donald Trump lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, accusing it being a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, criticism that overshadowed a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels. "Sometimes, if I didn't know better I might say that we purposefully trying to destabilize the Western alliance and to turn the world upside-down".

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"I believe in NATO", Mr Trump said.

Trump brushed off the protests, saying, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom".

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the USA out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

Michal Baranowski of the German Marshall Fund think tank said the substance of Trump's message on Nord Stream 2 was very much in line with what many people in the region and beyond think.

". It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki".

After a week in which he had insulted allies and questioned the value of NATO, Trump-flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton-gave an impromptu news conference at NATO headquarters Thursday morning before leaving Brussels.

"That is all", Macron said.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.


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