Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump arrives in Belgium ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, visits with May, Putin

Trump arrives in Belgium ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, visits with May, Putin

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.

Looking ahead to the wider North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit agenda, which will include an update on countries' progress on their pledge at a summit in Wales in 2014 to raise defence spending, Mrs May added: "Playing a leading role in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gives us a powerful voice and we use that to repeatedly make the case for a more modern and adaptable alliance".

Trump complimented Stoltenberg, saying "he's worked very hard on this problem".

The meeting of Western leaders in Brussels has the potential to turn into another public bust-up following a divisive and bad-tempered summit of G7 nations in Canada in June.

"It's very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayers", he said, adding, "We can't put up with it".

His stance earned him a summit eve rebuke by EU President Donald Tusk who said that Trump should "appreciate" his allies and that the United States didn't have many.

Trump set a confrontational tone at the start of NATO's two-day summit in Brussels on July 11, saying Germany was making natural-gas pipeline deals worth "billions of dollars" with Russian Federation while expecting the United States to "protect them against Russian Federation".

"It's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump told journalists.

"European troops have been fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in Afghanistan; 870 fearless men and women sacrificed their lives, including 40 soldiers from my homeland, Poland", said Mr. Tusk.

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The comment did little to reassure allies fretting over his potential embrace of a Russian leader that U.S. intelligence officials accuse of meddling in the 2016 elections to help Mr Trump win.

"He's voiced his frustration about the lack of progress many, many times, basically asking 'What have we got for all that money?'" The pipeline has been a source of contention for over a year, pitting the USA and a small number of Eastern European countries, including Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and others, on one side, against Russian Federation and major EU members, led by Germany, on the other.

Trump is scheduled to meet Merkel at the summit later Wednesday and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. And I have Putin. "You tell me if that's appropriate".

As Trump arrived in Brussels, the U.S. Senate passed by a 97-2 margin a motion to "reaffirm the ironclad U.S. commitment under Article 5 to the collective defense of the alliance".

Of his meetings in Brussels and Britain and with Putin, he said: "Frankly, [the meeting with] Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think?"

"It's also because of your leadership, because your clear message", Stoltenberg responded.

His main objection is that all but a handful of member states have still not increased their defence budgets to meet a goal of spending at least 2% of their annual economic output on defence by 2024. "But I am confident we will agree on the fundamentals".

Stoltenberg said he expected a "open and frank" debate about defence spending at the summit but tried to play down the differences opening up between allies.

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