Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

RTX6ANZE Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki
Ellis Copeland | 12 July, 2018, 02:31

Trump has now preposterously upped the demand, insisting that every member nation pay 4 percent of its GDP on defense - an amount the US doesn't even live up to. Several experts explained that the president was likely referring, albeit incorrectly, to the commitment to devote 2 percent of GDP to defense spending.

Expectations are high in Russian Federation that Putin, with more than 18 years of global experience, will have the edge on Trump, who had not held elected office before he was inaugurated last year.

"Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent, whereas the United States in actual numbers is paying 4.2 percent".

Not even the USA - which spends more money on defence than any other nation in the world - meets Trump's new goal of annual spending of 4 per cent of nations' gross domestic product.

Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany was wrong to support a new Baltic Sea pipeline to import Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for contributing to NATO defence spending meant to protect Europe from Russia.

Still, it's significantly more than the next closest country.

But the USA president did not stop his criticism of Germany there.

"We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2%". But I have to bring it up because I think it is very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayers and I think that these countries have to step it up - not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately.

Throughout his journey across the Atlantic, Trump continued, "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

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'You tell me if that's appropriate because I think it's not. "And gas from Russian Federation to Germany is where the allies disagree". "How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group that you want protection against?"

"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".

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump had used "very direct language" but that all NATO allies were agreed that the cost of defence spending must be spread around and that a year ago had seen the biggest increase in a generation. "We look forward to the meeting you're going to have with President Putin".

"Germany will have nearly 70% of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas".

"Because of given circumstances, I want to point out one thing: I experienced Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself".

"Because we understand that when we stand together, also in dealing with Russian Federation, we are stronger", Stoltenberg said.

If Mr. Trump's real concern were inadequate European spending, he should have started by better informing himself.

"We are investing heavily in the German armed forces and other European countries too, because the armed forces need it".

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