At NATO, Trump Slams Germany as Being ‘Captive’ to Russia

A meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began on a confrontational note on Wednesday with U.S. President Trump singling out Germany for criticism, accusing the largest and wealthiest Europeanmember of the defense alliance of being a “captive” of Russia.

During a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump pointedly criticized Germany for allowing Russian energy company Gazprom to construct the Nord Stream 2 pipeline through its waters.

Trump on Wednesday also kept up his demands for NATO members to contribute more money to the defense alliance that has been the linchpin of the West’s post-World War Two military cooperation.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to bridge differences between the United States and the other 28 members of the alliance.  “My main task is to try to keep us together and I do that by trying to find common ground,” explained Stoltenberg.

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Trump: Germany Not Adequately Contributing to NATO

U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated his accusation that Germany does not pay its fair share of dues in NATO, three days after a meeting with the country’s leader that the White House said went well.

“…they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017

After the recent G-7 meeting in Sicily, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”

But Tuesday, Merkel clarified that she remains committed to strong ties between the U.S. and Germany.

“Our trans-Atlantic relationship is of the utmost importance,” she said. “And the statement I made, or what I said recently, is due to the fact that, in the face of the present circumstances we have additional reasons for us to realize that we have to take our fate in our own hands in Europe.”

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Russia Accuses NATO Be Aggressive

Speaking before the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Wednesday (22/6), Russian President Vladimir Putin added that Russia is ready for dialogue but did not get a positive response, such as the World War II.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused NATO of increasing the rhetoric, as well as expand and advance its military infrastructure that is located near the border of his country.

Putin accused NATO ignored calls Russia to establish closer cooperation, and said that the need for a modern collective security system outside NATO equal for all countries.

Speaking before the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Wednesday, he added that Russia is ready for dialogue but did not get a positive response, such as the World War II.

Putin urged legislators to support the Russian response to NATO action, including strengthening the defense capacity of Russia. In the same occasion, while Moscow insists attitude in the annexation of the Crimea, Putin praised the legislature it.

The US and other governments in western and eastern Europe increasingly concerned about Russia’s military action since 2014 when the Kremlin annexed Crimea from Ukraine, which was then followed Moscow’s support on the upheaval separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in particular misgivings over what they perceive as Russia’s aggressive steps, and ask NATO extended its presence in their country in order to prevent the possibility of Russia taking the action they did not want.

NATO announced earlier will deploy four battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to mengonter Russia’s increasingly aggressive, ahead of next month’s summit Warsaw.

In May, Russia said it would deploy three divisions of troops along the border tenggaranya to mengonter increased NATO military presence in eastern Europe.

Source: VOA


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