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NATO Summit Ad Hoc Update (2)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

From both a professional and personal perspective, much of the reporting on the NATO Summit in US media reflects willful neglect of journalistic professionalism, ignorance of basic facts, and a complete lack of effort to understand the big picture. 

If it wasn’t so sad it would be humorous. 

NATO’s treatment of Ukraine borders on abuse.  I have much to learn about this relationship. Insider information from reliable sources does not reflect well on NATO, this has only been reinforced in reporting. I am not sure Russia does not have its fingers into NATO, manipulating it.  

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Possibly the most interesting NATO summit since the early 1990s. The legion of apologists for German neglect of NATO commitments is considerable. Maas should hang his head in absolute shame as the SDP is the guiltiest of all in this sorry matter, and Wesel might contemplate the parallel universe Germany’s political leadership retreated into after 1992.

English language media finally discover the wealth of sorry tales about the collapse of the Bundeswehr through a quarter of a century of willful neglect. What was one of the finest militaries in the world through the Cold War is now a husk of its former self.

Macedonia receives a formal invitation to join NATO, while Ukraine is denied entry into the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program.  The Ukrainians did win with some good political engagements at the summit, but continue to be held at arm’s length due to factors that have nothing to do with Ukraine’s value to the alliance or its level of commitment. Muscovy must be rubbing its hands with glee.


Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.”

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.?”

Donald Trump: NATO Allies Should Raise Defense-Spending Target to 4 Percent of GDP | National Review

President Trump suggested during Wednesday’s meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that alliance members should aim to spend 4 percent of GDP on defense, rather than the current target of 2 percent.

Trump Calls Germany Duplicitous In Regards To Russia – To Inform is to Influence

Germany making deals with Russia which would bring in billions of dollars and then expecting the United States to protect them from Russia is duplicitous behavior, according to Donald Trump at the latest NATO Summit.  The headline, Trump claims Germany ‘totally controlled’ by Russia, by the Associated Press, appears to give a synopsis but neglects to…

‘You’re captive of Russia’ Merkel told | World | News | Express.co.uk

DONALD Trump raged against Germany yesterday, branding it a “captive of Russia” as he demanded that Nato members double their minimum defence spending. The US president vented his anger on the opening day of Nato’s Brussels summit, where he said Germany and 19 other nations did not meet the current minimum spending of two per cent of GDP.

Trump resumes attack on Germany’s defence spending | Financial Times

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Trump: Germany is a ‘captive of Russia’ – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 11, 2018 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’s Maas: ‘we are not prisoners’ of Russia, nor the U.S. | Reuters

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas shot back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation that Berlin was “captive” to Russia on Wednesday, saying “we are not prisoners” of Moscow or Washington.

Trump Meets German Leader After Harsh Comments – YouTube

Associated Press Published on Jul 11, 2018 President Donald Trump met on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime US ally was “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia.” (July 11)

Angela Merkel responds to Trump: ‘I have witnessed’ Germany under Soviet control – CNNPolitics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump’s claim that “Germany is a captive of Russia” by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany.

Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was “extremely unhappy.”

Trump claims success after Nato cash ultimatum | News | The Times

Nato leaders will “very substantially” increase defence spending, President Trump said at an unscheduled press conference this morning, hours after apparently threatening to pull the United States out of the alliance.Speaking after Nato leaders held an emergency session on defence spending, Mr Trump

Trump to NATO allies: Raise military spending to 4 percent of GDP | News | Al Jazeera

The demand by US president is in line with his rhetoric against members of key alliance for lack of defence spending.

Donald Trump Didn’t Kill NATO, But… – Defense One

Trump was on relatively good behavior, but NATO leaders acted more like salesmen than statesmen, defending the very existence of the alliance that …

Germany’s soldiers forced to use BROOMSTICK for a gun as Donald Trump blasts Angela Merkel over NATO spending

The highly embarrassing episode, revealed in a leaked report, is just the beginning of the country’s woes as it fights to reverse chronic army shortages

Germany’s neglected soldiers forced to use broomstick as a gun | News | The Times

German military shortcomings have became a national laughing stock, with reports of one tank unit forced to use a broomstick as a gun and all six submarines out of service for repairs. Auditors say the true picture is even worse.Dire shortages of weapons, spare parts and personnel were not properly

German army used broomsticks instead of guns during training – Telegraph

A German battalion assigned to Nato’s rapid response force used broomstick handles instead of guns on a joint exercise due to chronic equipment shortages

Trump: How much of Germany’s gas comes from Russia? – BBC News

Is Donald Trump right that 60% to 70% of Germany’s energy comes from Russia?

Trump’s secret NATO strategy (opinion) – CNN

Donald Trump may argue that his goal is to make NATO stronger, writes Frida Ghits, but a closer look at the facts suggests he is trying to achieve precisely the opposite. The President, it appears, is trying to break NATO — a win for Russia.

House passes resolution in support of NATO by unanimous voice vote | TheHill

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for NATO as President Trump roiled allies with escalating calls for increased spending from alliance members.

Trump gabs with world leaders while Melania homes in on Merkel | Daily Mail Online

After a day filled with tension at the NATO conference, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump gabbed with their counterparts at a cocktail party with a jazz band.

Trump is right about the NATO deadbeats

Most NATO members don’t meet targets for defense spending – but they contribute in other ways.

White House: Kelly looked away after Trump’s attack on Germany because he was disappointed in breakfast | TheHill

The White House on Wednesday acknowledged that Chief of Staff John Kelly was “displeased” in a video taken earlier in the day, but said it was not over President Trump’s public criticism of Germany.

Emergency NATO Meeting Called As Trump Renews Criticism Of Allies

U.S. President Trump has reportedly renewed his sharp criticism of the NATO alliance at its Brussels summit on July 12, moving NATO leaders to ask the presidents of non-member states Ukraine and Georgia to leave the room for a previously unscheduled, allies-only meeting.

NATO – News: Secretary General welcomes NATO leaders to the Brussels Summit, 11-Jul.-2018

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Allied Heads of State and Government to NATO Headquarters for the 2018 Brussels Summit on Wednesday (11 July 2018). At a ceremony to mark the start of the meeting, Mr. Stoltenberg outlined NATO’s achievements in building peace and security and praised the professionalism and dedication of the Alliance’s armed forces.

NATO Invites Republic of Macedonia to Join – Bloomberg

NATO invited the Republic of Macedonia to join its ranks, seeking to expand deeper into southeastern Europe despite Russian opposition and criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump that has dented the group’s unity.

NATO formally invites Macedonia to join alliance | Reuters

NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to invite Macedonia to begin accession talks to join the Western alliance, extending its reach in the Balkans in defiance of Russia following a landmark accord with Greece over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name.

NATO Announces Iraq Mission, as Summit Overshadowed by Spending Dispute – YouTube

VOA News Published on Jul 11, 2018 Sharp divisions over who should pay for Europe’s defense have overshadowed the opening of the NATO summit in Brussels, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused European allies of taking advantage of American taxpayers. The United States spends around 3.5 percent of GDP on defense, far higher than other member states, and provides about 70 percent of NATO’s budget. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the summit, European allies have hit back at claims they are not pulling their weight.

Cyber ambiguity: NATO’s digital defense in doubt amid unstable alliances

The very future of NATO’s cyber strategy is left intentionally murky.

The Latest: NATO summit: Turkey defends weapons purchase | Fox News

The Latest on the NATO summit (all times local): 4:20 p.m.

Stephen Blank | High anxiety: Donald Trump’s summits | The Interpreter

The summit with Putin reflects an ongoing US strategic failure to learn to think how Moscow thinks.

EVELYN FARKAS | Putin Has Already Won – POLITICO Magazine

Trump’s blowup at the NATO summit is exactly what Russia hoped would happen.

Macron rejects Trump’s claim that Russia controls Germany

French President Emmanuel Macron ​on Wednesday ​rejected President Trump’s assertion that Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia because of an energy deal. “No. No,” ​said Macron as he sat next to Trump on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.

NATO Doesn’t Need 4% Defense Spending – Defense One

Trump\’s new call for allies to spend 4 percent of their GDPs on defense makes no sense. Even America shouldn\’t do that.

Barbara Wesel | Opinion: A NATO summit in Donald Trump′s parallel universe | Opinion | DW | 11.07.2018

The United States did not break from NATO, but President Donald Trump sent wildly conflicting messages at the Brussels summit. The uncertainty over the future of the alliance still remains, says DW’s Barbara Wesel.

Germany Imports Gas From Russia. But Is It a ‘Captive’? – The New York Times

President Trump attacked what he said was Germany’s dependence on Russian natural gas. Experts disagree.

Opinion | Sorry, NATO. Trump Doesn’t Believe in Allies. – The New York Times

Europe has to understand that in the American president’s twisted worldview, there are only fans and enemies.

Shep Smith: Trump could ‘turn back the global clock centuries’ with NATO criticism | TheHill

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday rapped President Trump for his criticisms of NATO members, saying that the comments could “turn back the global clock centuries.”

Trump’s diplomatic belligerence

President Trump isn’t making any friends in Europe, but he could be strengthening alliances.

Trump takes a hammer to the old world

By trashing Germany and questioning NATO’s value Wednesday, President Donald Trump appeared eager to tilt the balance of global power toward conservative nationalism.

Trump’s attacks leave NATO allies in disbelief – CNNPolitics

NATO diplomats are dumbfounded by President Donald Trump’s barrage of acidic rhetoric at the annual summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

dpa news agency on Twitter: “#BREAKING: Macron says Trump ‘never said he was planning to withdraw from NATO’… “

dpa news agency on Twitter: “#BREAKING: Trump threatens to pull US out of NATO in defence spending row… “

Ex-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades | TheHill

Michael McFaul, the former U.S.

#TheCube | Are President Trump’s NATO comments fair? – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Jul 11, 2018 Are President Trump’s NATO comments fair?

Hatch breaks with Trump over Germany criticism – POLITICO

&quot;I think sometimes [Trump] can be a little too critical of the other counterparts, and I don’t think he should be critical,&quot; Hatch says.

Hannity on NATO: Germany Could ‘Cripple Russia’s Economy’ By Heeding Trump’s Warning on Gas Pipeline | Fox News Insider

Sean Hannity reacted to President Trump’s trip to Brussels, Belgium to take part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit there.

NATO Summit 2018: A photo of Trump and world leaders that is too obvious — Quartz

At today’s NATO summit in Brussels, the west’s gathered leaders turned their head in unison to watch a military flyover. But for a brief moment, US president Donald Trump’s attention drifted elsewhere. The resulting photo is an almost too perfect symbol for the tenor of the meeting. Ahead of his arrival, Trump had attacked the other members…

Germans favor withdrawal of US troops, not paying more for US ‘protection’ – poll — RT World News

Almost every second German favors the withdrawal of US forces based there, according to a poll taken prior to the NATO summit, at which Donald Trump accused Berlin of relying on Washington’s protection and not contributing enough.

UAWire – Russian aircraft violates Estonia’s airspace

On Tuesday, July 10, a Russian aircraft violated the air-border of Estonia, moving into the airspace over Vaindloo island for less than a minute, …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Even if Trump Wants to, US Side Won’t Recognize Crimea as Russian at Helsinki, Shelin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 11 – However much Donald Trump may want to recognize Crimea as part of Russia to break with past American policies and do some “big deal” with Vladimir Putin, Sergey Shelin says, the American leader won’t be able to do so at Helsinki because that action is not within his competence, has not been prepared by the two sides, and is not in his interest. The Rosbalt commentator says that the Helsinki summit will be a friendly one because both leaders want and need that and because of their “obvious mutual sympathy.” Only some unexpected bad news from elsewhere could change that. But there are unlikely to be any real breakthroughs (rosbalt.ru/blogs/2018/07/11/1716380.html). All past summits between Washington and Moscow leaders, Shelin continues, have led to major breakthroughs only when these were carefully prepared in advance at a lower level. Some might suggest that such a precedent won’t hold for Trump because he likes to act independently; but fallout from his supposedly “breakthrough” summit with Kim Jong-un suggests otherwise. Trump celebrated his meeting with the North Korean leader as having produced an agreement to “de-nuclearize” the Korean peninsula, only to find that his understanding of that term and Pyongyang’s remain far apart, as US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s failed visit to North Korea demonstrated. The same thing is likely to be true at Helsinki. Trump may make concessions and Putin may show flexibility in their conversations; but the results of the meeting beyond those having to do with public relations – which both leaders care about – “can only be those actions to which both sides are in advance and internally prepared.” That is all the more so, Shelin continues, because of the difference in experience between the two: “Putin is not a new leader,” and thus cannot move as far in any direction from settled policy as he could earlier. Trump is relatively inexperienced and potentially could, but he too has far less freedom of action than he thinks because of the nature of the situaiton. That is true on all the issues the Trump-Putin meeting will take up. First, Crimea. “It is excluded” that the US will recognize Crimea as Russian “even if Trump says that he agrees with this. This simply isn’t in his competence.” The US has a position, and the Europeans are involved as well, and sanctions were introduced not over Crimea but over the Donbass. Second, a lifting of sanctions of their greater part in exchange for a Russian withdrawal from the Donbass. “This is possible but not very probable.” Moscow isn’t ready to do that: it is living with sanctions; and it has repeatedly denied it is involved in the Donbass. Any move beyond calling for an observance of the Minsk agreements is thus unlikely. Third, “Russian assistance to the anti-Iran coalition.” This is simply “excluded,” Shelin says. Moscow continues to have an implicit cooperation with Iran against the US in order that Russia become the hegemon in various portions of Syria, and no meeting at Helsinki is going to change that. Fourth, an increase in Russian oil exports. This is already happening without any agreement. Putin may announce it as if it were a concession; but Moscow has no interest in the lower oil prices that such a move would involve if it were large enough to make a real difference to world prices. And fifth, other peripheral issues, like from example an accord on Central Asia. That is possible but unlikely because “our system unlike even the early Brezhnevite one does not feel a need for a breakthrough in the international arena” although it just like its predecessor requires “ritual actions which raise the prestige of the leader.” There is thus little willingness or ability to make a fundamental breakthrough at least in public, although there may be some private understandings. But as far as the former are concerned, Shelin concludes, he will call the Helsinki meeting a success if it leads to something as minor as an agreement for the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s what British newspapers are saying about the Trump visit

Here is what the British media thinks of Trump’s visit

Donald Trump welcomed by some in U.K. amid Brexit jitters – Washington Times

There are the protests, the official snubs, the hostile petitions, the social media campaigns, the infamous orange diaper-draped baby blimp. Britons are expected to rain invective on President Trump when he arrives in the United Kingdom Thursday. But some are ready to welcome Mr. Trump.

Photos of every time American presidents met British Kings and Queens – Business Insider

President Donald Trump is embarking on a four-day visit to the United Kingdom this week, during which he’s slated to meet with Queen Elizabeth II. The trip…

“Meeting lasted nearly 20 minutes”: Trump, Poroshenko hold brief talks – media | UNIAN

While numerous sources claimed U.S. President Donald Trump had cancelled a number of bilateral meetings during the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, he still managed to meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Due to the shift in the schedule, the talks were held with no press invited. While numerous sources claimed U.S. President Donald Trump had cancelled a number of bilateral meetings during the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, he still managed to meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Europeiska Pravda in its report cited its sources in the Presidential administration while no official confirmation of the talks held has come so far “The meeting lasted nearly 20 minutes. A wide range of issues was discussed, including Nord Stream 2 and further cooperation in the defense sphere,” a source in Ukraine’s presidential administration told EP. Read alsoU.S. Envoy to NATO says Putin no “fine man,” reiterates support of Ukraine’s sovereignty Another interlocutor noted that due to the shift in Donald Trump’s schedule, the talks were held with no press invited. It was initially planned that Donald Trump would hold a series of bilateral meetings, namely with leaders of Ukraine, Georgia, Romania and Azerbaijan. Romania TV earlier today reported, referring to the information received by their correspondent in Brussels, that all meetings had been cancelled. In particular, Trump did not meet with Romanian President Klaus Johannis. Their meeting had been scheduled for 11:00. The NATO Summit is being held in Brussels July 11-12.

Trump meets Poroshenko at NATO summit in Brussels – 112.international

The meeting of Trump and Poroshenko lasted for 20 minutes. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. The European Pravda (European Truth, – ed.) report that citing their sources in the Administration of the President of Ukraine. Earlier the sources reported that all Trump’s bilateral meetings, including the one with the Ukrainian President, were canceled due to a crisis meeting among NATO members, where the US president said he was satisfied by members’ commitment to increase spending. However, the sources in the Administration of the President report that the meeting did take place, though without media due to the changes in the schedule. According to the sources Trump and Poroshenko communicated for about 20 minutes and discussed quite a lot of issues – specifically, the leaders of two countries discussed cooperation in the sphere of defense and Russian project Nord Stream II, among others. Earlier, Trump interrupted NATO meeting on Ukraine, Georgia over defense expenditures threatening to pull the United State out of NATO over the disputes about defense expenditures. According to 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent, at the end of the meeting of “NATO-Ukraine-Georgia” commission, American President took a word and asked all the partners, except NATO member states, out. He went to with the closed meeting, having canceled all the scheduled arrangements, including the meeting with Poroshenko, as well as Presidents of Georgia, Romania and Azerbaijan.

UAWire – Ukrainian President wishes Trump success in his negotiations with Putin

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wished the President of the United States, Donald Trump success in negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will take place in Helsinki on July 16. In his article for Financial Times, Poroshenko stated that the “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” approach was agreed. “This is a significant week for Ukraine as it faces substantial challenges to its security and stability. It started with Monday’s Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels, followed by the Nato summit, in which Ukraine will also participate. And the meeting next week in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will confirm that Ukraine is on the frontline of European and transatlantic politics”. Poroshenko wrote. “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,” the President of Ukraine said. That meeting between presidents Trump and Putin will take place on the 28th anniversary of the Ukrainian parliament’s declaration of state sovereignty, a move that began Ukraine’s journey towards independence.

NATO leaders deeply concerned by use of torture of Ukrainian citizens in Russia – 12.07.2018 10:31 — Ukrinform News

The Heads of State and Government of the NATO member nations expressed deep concern over the use of torture and the transfer of Ukrainian citizens to prisons in Russia.

NATO encourages Ukraine to continue reforms to get closer to membership – Stoltenberg – 12.07.2018 10:58 — Ukrinform News

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) encourages Ukraine to continue reforms to achieve its long-term goal – to join the Alliance.

Poroshenko: Integration to EU and NATO priority of Ukraine’s foreign policy – 12.07.2018 12:37 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that integration to the EU and NATO is the priority of Ukraine&rsquo;s foreign policy, which should be enshrined in the Constitution.

Poroshenko hopes for NATO support on peacekeepers in Donbas – 12.07.2018 11:53 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine hopes for support from the North Atlantic Alliance on an international peacekeeping force in Donbas.

Poltorak in Brussels meets with UK Secretary of State for Defense – 12.07.2018 14:00 — Ukrinform News

Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has met with UK Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson on the sidelines of NATO Summit in Brussels.

Poroshenko meets with Duda in Brussels – 12.07.2018 15:00 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has met with President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in Brussels.

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