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POTUS comments to SECGEN NATO on Germany are priceless – and very sadly entirely true. While the SDP is the most guilty of this, too many others in German politics have turned a blind eye.
Much argumentation over the NATO summit.
Much argumentation over Ukraine’s accession to NATO – amazing how effective Russian influence in EU nations has been in hobbling Ukraine’s path to accession.
Baltics and Scandinavia reports. Some interesting Russia reports esp. on Armata and Su-57 (both po-Russki).
A disturbing report claiming the Israelis, Saudis and Emirates lobbied POTUS to throw Ukraine to the bear in exchange for Russian help in throwing Iran out of Syria.
And many very toxic media attacks on POTUS.
NATO / EU / Russia Reports
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable. While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more. Germany is at 1%, the U.S. is at 4%, and NATO benefits…….”
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?”
Latest World News Updates Published on Jul 11, 2018 President Trump at NATO Summit 7/11/2018
Donald Trump accused Angela Merkel of being “captive” to Russia over energy supplies and attacked European allies for freeloading on US defence spending in Europe at the start of a Nato summit today.The extraordinary tirade shattered the usual protocol of unity between the leaders of the 29 Nato all
President Donald Trump targeted Germany on Wednesday in reiterating his demand that NATO countries step up their defense spending.
In a stunning public rebuke, the president launched a broadside of criticisms at a pre-breakfast photo op with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he did not understand the policy of some NATO countries developing cooperation with Russia in the field of energy. He stated this at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Wednesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia. You’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia. So we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries, and numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So we are supposed to protect you against Russia, but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia. And I think that’s very inappropriate,” Trump said, speaking in particular about Germany’s cooperation with Russia in the field of energy. During a discussion with the NATO secretary general, the U.S. leader repeatedly raised the issue of Europe’s dependence on Russian energy exports. Stoltenberg, in turn, noted that NATO nations have differences on some issues, but despite this, the allies remain strong while maintaining unity. He also recalled that even during the Cold War NATO countries traded with the former Soviet Union. At the same time, Trump said that trade is one thing, and energy is “a whole different story.” The debate took place amid the U.S. leader’s discontent with inappropriate spending of European allies on defense. The issue of equitable distribution of the budgetary burden among NATO member states will be one of the main issues on the agenda of the NATO summit that takes place in Brussels on July 11-12. Russia plans to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany bypassing Ukraine across the Baltic Sea. Some 51% of shares belong to Russia’s Gazprom. Russia wants to build two lines of the gas pipeline (up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year). The Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine and the United States actively oppose the project. In particular, on April 5, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine called on the world not to support the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused fellow NATO ally Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys energy from Moscow, in pointed remarks ahead of a summit of the military alliance in Brussels. Brussels (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused fellow NATO ally Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys energy from Moscow, in pointed remarks ahead of a summit of the military alliance in Brussels. “Germany is a captive of Russia,” Trump said at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, his first since arriving in the Belgian capital. “It’s very inappropriate.” Trump went on to complain that the United States is expected to “defend them against Russia,” despite Germany making “billions of dollars” in energy payments to Moscow. “I think it’s something that NATO has to look at,” Trump said.
U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Berlin of being “a captive of Russia” for allowing a new Moscow-backed gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, to be built to northern Germany and attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel for failing to spend enough on Europe’s defense. U.S. leader at NATO summit attacks Berlin over gas pipeline and defense spending.
The US leader suggests German imports of Russian natural gas are a security concern as Nato gathers.
Top German officials are voicing sharp criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of next week’s NATO summit, even as Trump is vowing to push hard for Germany and other European nations to meet…
Earlier this year, Trump told Merkel, “Angela, you need to stop buying gas from Putin.”
Trump is right that Germany needs to spend more on defense, but his public demands are making it politically impossible.
German lawmakers and security experts are growing increasingly concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump could take actions at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that are not coordinated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Trump, who is set to leave for Europe on Tuesday, will hold meetings with NATO allies in Brussels and visit Britain before having a one-on-one meeting with Putin.
The White House says a one-on-one meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been scheduled at the NATO summit, just hours after Trump furiously criticized Germany for not spending enough on defense and accusing it of being a “captive” to Russia for energy.
Trump has shown he has no qualms about upending established policies or pacts with global partners, and has explicitly tied security issues to trade and economic ones. That’s making allies nervous.
After the signing of the second EU-NATO joint declaration, President Tusk delivered a statement to the press.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels today (10 July 2018) to sign a new Joint Declaration on cooperation between NATO and the European Union. “Facing a complex and uncertain security environment, we must work together to keep our nations and citizens safe. And that is exactly what we are doing,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.
President Donald Trump is pushing other countries within the NATO military alliance to contribute more to their defense spending — and the U.K.’s former defense minister has told CNBC that he agrees.
Throughout history, leaders of entrenched power structures have not reacted well to change. But President Trump has courage to take them on when necessary.
Continue work on programs set in 2014 and 2016, and recognize the alliance’s immense value.
The Prime Minister will unveil plans on the first day of a potentially rocky summit with her fellow NATO leaders in Brussels
U.S. President Donald Trump said dealing with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin might be easier than talks with NATO or visiting Britain. He was speaking before departing for a NATO summit, an official visit to Britain, and his first bilateral summit with Putin.
For the nations of Latvia and Estonia, nestled between Russia and the Baltic Sea and with large ethnic Russian populations, NATO is no abstraction.
‘We’re the schmucks paying for the whole thing.”
President Donald Trump is beginning a seven-day tour through Europe that will start with him confronting NATO allies over military spending and end with a summit with President Vladimir Putin.
European leaders brace for a tense meeting this week with a U.S. president who is imposing tariffs and chiding the allies for not spending more on their own defense. Trump advisers say the president is just trying to rebalance the relationship.
NATO leaders gather for a summit on July 11-12 amid deep divisions on trade and defense spending. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, U.S. President Donald Trump said other member states treated his country like a “piggy bank,” while tariffs introduced by Washington led to retaliation from the European Union.
Donald Trump is heading to Europe, where he is deeply unpopular and has earned disdain through his attacks on the NATO alliance and his praise for Vladimir Putin, Michael D’Antonio writes.
A year ago, it wasn’t clear what Trump could accomplish on the international level, writes Julian Zelizer. Now US allies can see that he can accomplish destruction, so the global stage is taking him more seriously.
American presidents are usually seen as leaders at NATO, but Mr. Trump might play the role of agitator, sowing disagreement that would play into Russia’s hands.
Unfilled positions, truncated communications, lack of policy clarity combine to provoke anger across the continent.
The president wants to slash U.S. defense spending in Europe if the partners don’t step up.
The leadership of NATO fears that US President Donald Trump during his meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin can come to a number of agreements that bypass the interests of the Alliance – 112.international
The leadership of NATO fears that US President Donald Trump during his meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin can come to a number of agreements that bypass the interests of the Alliance
President Trump on Monday lashed out at US allies, two days before he heads to Brussels for the NATO summit.
European Council President Donald Tusk has admonished U.S. President Donald Trump amid tension on the eve of a NATO summit, saying that the U.S. president has been “criticizing Europe almost daily”…
European Council President Donald Tusk has appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to value Europe’s cooperation with the United States on defense, saying, “America does not have, and will not have, a better ally than Europe.” Tusk made the statement in Brussels on July 10 after signing a joint EU-NATO declaration. His comments followed Trump’s repeated criticism of NATO allies’ defense spending just days before he attends a summit of NATO heads of state.
Everybody’s nervous as the president prepares to sit down with U.S. partners and then the Russian boss.
European leaders say they no longer have any illusions about Trump as they welcome the U.S. president at a NATO summit this week, but they fear his agenda.
Trump’s spin on the world stage begins Wednesday with a potentially explosive North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Belgium. The President’s open disdain for multinational institutions, a looming trade war and a showdown over defense funding could weaken wavering ties allies, experts warn.
President Trump is heading to Brussels for a NATO summit this week. The alliance wants to present a united front, but Trump has complained other members are not spending enough on defense.
A month ago, the die was cast in Quebec and Singapore for a go-it-alone American foreign policy with deference to Russia and China.
Paul Goble Staunton, July 6 – Unlike his predecessors, US President Donald Trump views Europe not as a partner but as a competitor and is thus prepared to sacrifice even short-term domestic American economic interests to weaken it even at the cost of leading Germany to become a real challenger to the US, according to Moscow commentator Petr Akopov. Trump’s demand that the Europeans spend two percent of their GDP on defense and pay for the basing of American troops in Europe if they hope for America’s defense won’t help the US defense sector because the Europeans have their own defense industry, the Vzglyad writer says (vz.ru/politics/2018/7/6/931148.html). And many NATO members, especially the largest ones like Germany, are unlikely to be willing to increase spending to mollify Trump. As a result, in the short term, Trump’s policy will lead to a weakening of Europe and Euro-Atlantic institutions without any benefit for the American economy whatever he and his advisors may think, Akopov continues. But the real animus of Trump’s policies, the Moscow commentator says, is that “he wants to send a message to Europe that it is dependent on the US and that if it doesn’t want to pay to the fullest for its security, it will have to compensate for that by concessions in other spheres,” such as tariffs on automobiles. For typical Russian and Atlanticist analysts, “such a position is absurd;” but Trump believes it because he “does not consider that the US controls Europe.” Instead, he views the continent as part of some “conditional West, that is, an Atlanticist super-national project in which the US doesn’t have full sovereignty.” “What Trump wants above all is “to return the national sovereignty of the US – by destroying for that end a united West.” Not completely but to the point that it will consist of subordinates to the US rather than its partners.” And then, Akopov continues, “US control over Europe will not be military, ideological or cadres but economic.” The America of Trump’s “dreams” does not need a strong and united Europe because the EU is almost twice the size of the US in population and has both a serious economy and ambitions of its own.” Instead, “Trump’s America needs a weakened and divided Europe” – and that is what the US president has sought to promote. But it is entirely possible that this will backfire, especially in the case of Germany whose “patience” Trump has been trying. Since 1945, Germany has not been an independent international player comparable to its size and importance. And it did not recover that status even after it reunified because the American forces never left. “The stronger the EU become s and the greater the might of Germany grows,” Akopov suggests, the more difficult it will be for the Anglo-Saxons to influence the administration of a United Europe. So that Trump simply decided to destroy the EU before it completely moves out from under Anglo-Saxon control and is transformed into the Fourth Reich.” But if Trump destroys the EU, then Germany will have to become something that the existence of that structure has made impossible: an independent international actor that will be ready to challenge the US. All Berlin’s talk about a European army is directed against the UK and the US, Atlanticism and Globalism. If that force arises and if Germany dominates it, Germany “will again become not an object but a subject of world politics, with all the possibilities ensuing from that. The chief one of which is the possibility of an independent choice of direction and the formation of alliances and blocs,” including potentially one that would link Berlin with Moscow and Beijing.
Broadsides against NATO from U.S. President Donald Trump on European defense spending—and worries about Russia’s resurgence—have sped a transformation that has put the trans-Atlantic military alliance on its best operational footing in years.
European countries, considering how to handle a disruptive American president at the military alliance’s summit meeting, are caught between dependency and outrage.
Trans-Atlantic ties matter as much as ever, but not all security challenges require 29 countries to cooperate.
Allies are right to be worried.
Satellite photos show new structures and other bunker improvements in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad made in the run-up to the NATO summit.
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With Moscow’s recent behavior, there’s no need to rush on a treaty that still has nearly three years to run.
A century after the guns fell silent, the United States risks replicating the errors of the past.
Attending his second NATO summit in Brussels this week, President Trump should deliver a stark message to the Belgian government: Increase defense spending now or see NATO headquarters relocated to the British capital.
Ukraine plans to increase its military contingent in the training mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan by more than two-fold, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Tuesday. Currently, a total of 338 Ukrainian army servicemen participate in eight international peacekeeping and security operations around the world.
At the NATO summit, starting in Brussels on July 11, the 29-nation alliance is expected prove unity of the Euro-Atlantic collective defense system and commitment to continue supporting Ukraine’s struggle against Russian aggression, Western envoys asserted in Kyiv on July 10 during the discussion “What to expect from the 2018 NATO summit.” Ukraine and Georgia will be invited to discuss their progress in security and defense reforms and their cooperation with the Brussels, as Vinnikov noted.
The Allies will again confirm unwavering support for Kyiv after the NATO summit, but will not invite Ukraine to the enhanced opportunities program. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this before the summit to be held in Brussels on July 11-12, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. He said he did not expect NATO to make the decision on the Enhanced Opportunities Program (EAP) for Ukraine at this summit. At the same time, he stressed that the Allies would once again confirm steadfast support for Ukraine. He said that NATO has the necessary tools for developing partnership with Ukraine. The NATO Enhanced Opportunity Program (EOP) envisages the highest level of partnership, cooperation and interoperability with partners who are not NATO members. Five countries (Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan, and Sweden) have currently been invited to the program.
Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk says NATO is not ready to start talks with Ukraine on membership of the Alliance. Brussels will host the NATO summit on July 11-12.
John Herbst in an interview with Elina Beketova for 112 International Insight spoke about the changes in the policy of Donald Trump and Ukraine’s prospects on the way to NATO
Ukraine allocates funds for the defense and security sector more than most NATO countries. The founder of the Open Ukraine Foundation, Arseniy Yatseniuk, said this during a discussion at the Kyiv Security Forum “What should we expect from NATO Summit 2018?” held on July 10. “The Center for Strategic and International Studies has published statistics, according to which Ukraine is the second country in the world after the U.S. that spends the most on its defense in relation to the gross domestic product. So we can already be a NATO member according to this data,” Yatseniuk emphasized. He noted that a lot had been already done in joint cooperation with the NATO countries, many laws had been adopted, and many reforms had been carried out.
Ukraine can join NATO though close rapprochement with the West and the deployment of NATO military bases in its territory, Director of the …
A U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump intends to support aspirations of Ukraine and Georgia towards NATO membership during the North Atlantic Alliance Summit in Brussels next week. U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison stated this during a press briefing on Friday. “We will also support aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine towards NATO membership, as well as their sovereignty, if we talk about the practical results of the summit,” the American diplomat noted. The ambassador also said that in addition to the main events of the Alliance, on July 12 President Trump will attend a meeting with the heads of Ukraine and Georgia, as well as partners from Afghanistan. “Therefore, I believe this summit to be one of the most productive of those that we have ever had,” the U.S. representative said. As Ukrinform reported, the Summit of the North Atlantic Alliance will be held in Brussels in July 11-12. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko also plans to take part in it.
Ukraine has managed to bypass Hungary’s blocking of participation in the NATO Summit, which will be held in Brussels with Georgia taking part as well, according to Head of the Ukraine Permanent Mission to NATO Volodymyr Prystaiko. Prystaiko also allowed the possibility of Hungary’s blocking the communiqué of the NATO Summit, but stressed that the Summit declaration would be more important for Ukraine.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine said that due to Hungary’s blockage, it will probably be difficult to carry out the session of Ukraine – NATO Commission in the nearest future
Ukraine has managed to get around Hungary’s veto, and will participate in the NATO summit in Brussels, alongside Georgia, asstated by Ukrainian …
NATO is not yet ready to invite Ukraine to the Enhanced Opportunities Partners Program, as stated by Vadym Prystaiko, the head of the mission of …
Both the U.S. and Russian sides are being vague about what’s on the agenda for next week’s summit in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Even if one argues that the future of Ukraine is not a high priority for U.S., it’s a disastrous precedent to allow one nation to change the boundaries of another through force.
US not to recognize Crimea’s annexation, – Volker
European Union and Ukraine will hold their annual summit on July 9, with the two sides expected to discuss topics that include Kyiv’s reform agenda and Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014 and ba…
Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 10, 2018 NATO leaders are preparing for a tense summit in Brussels this week as President Donald Trump steps up his campaign to get member nations to spend more on defence. Poland is on board, they want to counter what they described as Russia’s increasingly bold and dangerous posture towards Europe. In fact, the Polish defence ministry has proposed setting up a joint armoured division that would have 15,000 US troops and a total of 250 tanks and armoured vehicles. Al Jazeera’s David Chater reports from Warsaw.
In an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė called on NATO to equip submarines with …
Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Sweden has paid greater attention to its own territorial defense, the newspaper L’Express …
Rene Westbrook 6 July 2018 The Baltic states have many times expressed their concern about aggressive policy of Russia towards neighbouring states considering it as a threat to national security. The decision on NATO membership has become the necessary and expectable step guaranteeing their safety. However, in terms of information security these countries still remain…
Finland’s Interior Ministry says it will propose reinstating border controls for travelers from Schengen pact countries several days before and after the planned summit of Russian President Vladi…
The alliance prepared for a future war when real air bases were smashed into bits.
Ben Hodges co-authors a new report that explores how Russia might engineer a military crisis on the Poland-Lithuania border.
Will the 152-millimeter gun help the promising Russian T-14 Armata tank become even more formidable? Reflecting on this, experts recalled the history of setting a large caliber on Russian armored vehicles. Talks about equipping the “Armata” 152-millimeter gun began immediately after the premiere of the tank. Its founders in Uralvagonzavod are sure that the weapon of the howitzer format will allow the T-14 to become a “tank killer”. For this purpose, even a new class of armored vehicles was invented-a combat artillery machine or BAM.
President Trump is hearing about the dangers of a private meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin from an unusual source: GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.
Many politicians and public figures in Germany expressed concern regarding the forthcoming meeting of the Presidents of the USA and of Russia …
We must attack Russian kleptocracy in its pocketbook, making it harder for those who support and carry out Putin’s excesses to move their money into Western banks; harder to enroll their children in posh schools in New York City and London; and harder to acquire homes and hideaways in the most vibrant cities and lovely resorts in the world.
When U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki later this month, they’ll shake hands in a city that served as a bridge between Moscow and the West during the…
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin must be brought to responsibility for his illegal actions in the international arena.
Adam Entous writes that officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have repeatedly encouraged the Trump Administration to end Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia in return for Putin’s help in removing Iranian forces from Syria. During a private meeting shortly before the November, 2016, election, Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, floated to a longtime American interlocutor what sounded, at the time, like an unlikely grand bargain. The Emirati leader told the American that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, might be interested in resolving the conflict in Syria in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Current and former U.S. officials said that bin Zayed, known as M.B.Z., was not the only leader in the region who favored rapprochement between the former Cold War adversaries. While America’s closest allies in Europe viewed with a sense of dread Trump’s interest in partnering with Putin, three countries that enjoyed unparallelled influence with the incoming Administration—Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.—privately embraced the goal. Officials from the three countries have repeatedly encouraged their American counterparts to consider ending the Ukraine-related sanctions in return for Putin’s help in removing Iranian forces from Syria. Experts say that such a deal would be unworkable, even if Trump were interested. They say Putin has neither the interest nor the ability to pressure Iranian forces to leave Syria. Administration officials have said that Syria and Ukraine will be among the topics that Trump and Putin will discuss at their summit in Helsinki on July 16th. White House officials did not respond to a request for comment.
CNN Published on Jul 10, 2018 President Trump wouldn’t say if Russian President Vladimir Putin is a friend or competitor during remarks on the White House’s South Lawn as he departed for Brussels for the NATO summit.
Chris Stirewalt said Trump will realign the United States with Russia instead of Europe.
The president has already made some controversial comments ahead of the two-day summit.
President Trump dismissed some of his own aides during a phone call earlier this year with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “stupid people,”
During a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin in March, President Donald Trump reportedly sought to ease Putin’s concerns that White House officials were trying to block a conversation between the two.
When Trump has his summit with Putin, will he be meeting with his counterpart — or his handler? A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.