Trump opens North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit with blistering criticism of Germany

  • Trump opens North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit with blistering criticism of Germany

Trump opens North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit with blistering criticism of Germany

Donald Trump is once again attacking North Atlantic Treaty Organisation...while at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The Trump administration is now trying to derail a German-Russian project to double the capacity of the underwater Nord Stream gas pipeline. And he called alliance members "delinquent" on their contributions to NATO's budget.

But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry.

Merkel replied by pointing out that Germany is one of the largest contributors of troops for NATO's missions. In 2017, the estimated to have spent more than 69% of the cumulative total.

Trump did not say 70 to 90 percent of what.

During moments that were visible to the press, Trump often separated himself from most of his counterparts, particularly those with whom he has had public disagreements, such as British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Justin Trudeau.

Freeland says she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.

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

The U.S., meanwhile, is "paying a lot of money" to protect France, Germany and the rest of Europe, Trump added. Trump and Putin are set to meet on July 16 in Finland.

Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to. They've made tremendous - you've had tremendous success and I congratulate you.

Despite Trump's claims about Germany, Merkel served as a forceful advocate for imposing - and maintaining - sanctions on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014, arguing that it violated the principles of the worldwide order established after World War II. "Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

A U.S. Navy petty officer stands watch ahead of a ceremony inaugurating the U.S. anti-missile station, Aegis Ashore Romania, at Deveselu, Romania, in 2016.

Trump said it was "very inappropriate" that the United States is contributing to the defence of Europe when one of its richest countries is supporting a major energy project with Moscow. The gas pipeline mirrors the Nord Stream route going through exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five countries - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

At the same time, despite his criticism of the pipeline and its links to Russia, Trump has been noncommittal in recent comments about whether he might lift USA sanctions on Russia, and told reporters he'd "have to see" whether the US might recognize Crimea to be part of Russia. "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but immediately".

A joint declaration said: "We are committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership".