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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation turns focus After Trump's demands

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Steven Clarke | 12 July, 2018, 14:34

He later called on the alliance's members to increase their gross domestic product (GDP) spending on defense from a commitment of 2 percent to 4 percent, though the USA spent only 3.6 percent of its GDP on defense previous year.

"While NATO members should fulfill their commitments to spend two per cent of GDP on defense by 2024, no nation is "delinquent" or owes money to the United States, as the president has suggested", he said.

The US leader also said: "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation because they will be getting from 60% to 70% of their energy from Russian Federation, and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that's appropriate because I think it's not and I think it's a very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia.

He continued that attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

'Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025'.

Trump claims the United States is already spending the equivalent of four per cent of its GDP on defense, but experts say the actual figure is 3.57 per cent. He says it "must ultimately" go to 4 percent.

The meeting will come a day before Putin sits down with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki for the first bilateral summit between the two leaders.

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"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

Just a day ahead of the gathering, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that Trump should "acknowledge" its allies since "you do not have that many".

"We had a very intense summit", Merkel herself told reporters after the meeting.

"Based on our agreed approach of doing nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine, I wish Mr Trump well in his efforts to bring Mr Putin back into line".

As per The Hill, President Trump has attacked EU ahead of the summit, while alleging that the Europeans have taken advantage of the US on trade issues while failing to invest enough into their own defense for years.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

Mr Tusk recalled that the Europeans are spending more than Russian Federation and as much as China on defence. "This has been going on for decades, for decades and it's disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're gonna make it fair". Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's objective, as it's created to counter Russian aggression.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Mr. Trump.

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