NATO Summit first day overshadowed by tensions between allies
NATO Summit first day overshadowed by tensions between allies
Donald Trump speaks to Jens Stoltenberg during a tense breakfast meeting in Brussels More
12 July, 2018, 07:26
Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the Western alliance and neither country is expected to progress in membership talks.
Over breakfast, the United States president was unrestrained in his criticism of Germany, saying the country was reliant on Russian gas imports and citing some false figures along the way.
Germany is not a captive of anyone, neither Russian Federation nor the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in response to US PresidentDonald Trump's description of his country as a "captive" of Russian Federation.
But the sweeping nature of this claim inspired us to take another look at one of the president's oft-repeated complaints.
Germany's energy relationship with Russian Federation has long frustrated Washington and Eastern Europe, who fear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that bypasses the Baltic nations and Poland could be used to cut them off from crucial energy supplies. What I hope he'll say is 'having said all that, my goal is to make North Atlantic Treaty Organisation stronger.' And the only way it gets stronger is for us to up our game and for people to match the commitments they've made.
Former secretary of state John Kerry blasted President Trump's criticism of Germany in a lengthy statement on Wednesday morning as "strange", "counterproductive", and "disgraceful".
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"I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately".
"I think once the trend started changing in 2014, that created momentum even before he became president", says American University's Martin. "So we're going to have a meeting on that", Trump said, describing the situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". He stayed close to members of his delegation, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, before eventually engaging in a brief round of backslapping with others, including again May, before taking his seat. In 2017, the U.S.is estimated to have spent more than 69% of the cumulative total.
Downing Street made clear that she expected Trump to bring up the novichok attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, which claimed the life of British woman Dawn Sturgess this week, at his summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
President Donald Trump harshly criticized Germany on July 11 for buying vast amounts of energy from Russian Federation while relying on the United States to deter the threat of Moscow's threatening geopolitical ambitions. "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.
Trump's moodiness, along with his unpredictability and often-treacherous behavior towards his allies, makes clear that he views military security as a commodity that can be sold.
'President Trump, who spoke first, raised the issue not only to achieve 2 percent, today, but a new barrier - 4 percent, ' Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters, according to the wire service Reuters. "It's about $2.8 billion and the US pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent".
Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open.
There was a look of glee in Del Potro's sometimes sad eyes, and his lumbering between-points walk had a bit more energy to it. Del Potro finished with 77 winners to Nadal's 67 but failed to convert any of his five break points in the fifth set.
Thailand's junta chief told reporters on Tuesday that the group had been given a "minor tranquiliser" to help calm their nerves. A Thai government official says all 12 boys and their coach are doing well after their rescue from the Tham Luang cave.
He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare, lengthy baseline rallies. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon , 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.
Conricus said that after the drone was destroyed by a single Patriot missile, its remains landed near the Sea of Galilee. Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war, as is Russian Federation .
Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team. "I don't think so". But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane , Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
The results of the Final Vote to determine the last roster spot on the American League and National League All-Star teams are in. Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers (left) and Jean Segura of the Seattle Mariners won the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.
Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly using his feet to stab a Chicago tourist with scissors. According to an arrest report, officers arrived at the scene to find a man lying on the ground and bleeding from his left arm.
About 48 patients at the hospital died in unusual circumstances over a three-month period in 2016, including five in a single day. When they examined all of the nurses' uniforms, they found the chemicals around a pocket on Kuboki's uniform.
Cohen to donate all the proceeds from his new series to a charity that "actually respects and supports American Vets". Personally, I can't wait for this show, and it looks like Baron Cohen really explored the full political spectrum.
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight, 39, dead
The former basketball star's body was found along a roadway in downtown Phoenix at around 2.45am Wednesday, according to reports. I hear voices in my head constantly and I don't know where they come from. "I just feel like I can't continue on".
British woman dies after Novichok nerve agent poisoning
Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is still in a critical condition after the couple fell ill in Amesbury , Wiltshire, last Saturday. Police say they don't think Sturgess and Rowley visited any of the locations decontaminated after the Skripals' poisoning.
Croatia were lions, says Mario Mandzukic
England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final. Croatia's Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute with his fourth goal of the tournament.
China: Tit-for-tat tariffs will ‘destroy’ US-China trade
President Trump published a list of Chinese goods he will give a tariff of 10 percent on, which are worth a total of £151 billion. They warned tariffs on imports raise consumer prices and expose USA farmers and manufacturers to retaliation.
Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota
He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter. McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said he lives on a hill overlooking the park and he didn't hear the sirens.
UM student bitten after swimming with sharks in the Bahamas
The student conceded that she had been advised against going to the water alongside the marine predators prior to the incident. But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.
Oil falls on trade fears after Trump tariff threat
US crude inventories fell last week by 6.8 million barrels, according to the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group. Brent crude fell $2.10, or 2.7 percent, to a low of $76.76 before recovering slightly to $77.20, down $1.66, by 1208 GMT.
Croatia were lions, says scorer Mandzukic
Russia's Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring in the 31st minute, before Andrej Kramaric equalised for Croatia. England are on the cusp of a World Cup final - and Charlie Nicholas is back with his semi-final predictions.
Babies given solid food early sleep better, study claims
In the other group, the children were breastfed AND given some solid foods such as peanuts, eggs, and wheat from 16 weeks of age. However, there was no difference in the amount of daytime sleep between the two groups, the authors noted.