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Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

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

The NATO summit is usually a chance for member nations to reaffirm their commitment to an alliance that focuses on Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine and other world hotspots.

"The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless", he tweeted, adding: "No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy".

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg over breakfast in the U.S. embassy in Brussels, Trump said Germany was "captive to Russia" and criticised its failure to raise defence spending. "The United States is a global military power with global military commitments". At a time when the USA needs its European allies the most to combat aggression from Russian Federation, he reportedly continues to antagonize them with rhetoric like he used at the summit. "But no other president brought it up like I bring it up.it's an unfair burden on the United States". "Germany should be committing two percent to defense like they agreed to", Ryan told reporters. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", Trump said Tuesday before departing for Brussels.

Germany invested 1.24 percent of its GDP in 2017 and estimated to do the same in 2018.

"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense.

US service member killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan
The Taliban said the attacker acted on his own, but added that it "appreciated" his murderous efforts. "A regional consensus Mr. Secretary is in the process of emerging".

The president and his fellow critics argue that if America does less, others will do more - that its largess facilitates free riders. "I think that's very inappropriate". "So we're supposed to protect Germany, but they're getting their energy from Russian Federation".

"But how can you be together when you're getting energy from the group you want protection from?" he asked.

The decision to sign on to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence plans plans suggested that Trump is holding back from slashing support for the alliance, despite his anger over what he says is Europe's taking advantage of the USA security umbrella.

Alluding to Trump's comments about Germany, Kerry also said that "European energy security is an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree". "We look forward to the meeting you're going to have with President Putin". "I think we have to talk to Germany about it".

Mr Trump argued against Germany's commitment to the €15bn Gazprom-led project while still relying on the USA to protect the country from Russian Federation.

"I don't understand why Germany would be so in favor of supporting that particular supply source instead of diversifying", said Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", she said of her youth in Communist East Germany.


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