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

Trump Claims 'Good Relationship' With Angela Merkel Trump’s insults distract from valid concerns about German dependence on Russian energy: Ex-NATO ambassador
Patty Aguilar | 12 July, 2018, 11:44

He also once again called for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to "immediately" increase their own defense spending to 2 percent of their national gross domestic product, a target that alliance members had previously agreed to aim to meet by 2024.

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

"This is serious. My task is to try to minimise the negative impact on NATO", Stoltenberg told a forum in the margins of the summit.

Burns, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said, "Trump is right to push this issue of defense budgets because Europeans do need to spend more, particularly Germany, on their national defense".

Germany presently spends about 1.2 percent on defense.

"They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not", the president said.

President Trump publicly criticized Germany over its Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, calling the wealthiest nation in the European Union "a captive to Russian Federation".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the project is a private commercial venture.

"I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union", she said.

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions".

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The defense minister agreed with Trump about defense spending.

Trump admitted that the issue came up during his meeting with Merkel.

"We're discussing military expenditure. talking about trade", Trump told reporters who were allowed into the meeting room.

Previous US presidents have urged Europe to take more responsibility for their defence and reduce the burden on US taxpayers of maintaining forces in Europe long after the end of the Cold War - but none as bluntly as Mr Trump.

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.

Merkel responded with equally sedate remarks. So you tell me, is that appropriate?

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the US president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June.

Minutes later, Mr Tusk tweeted: "Dear Donald Trump".

The President said: "We are supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation".

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