Trump tweets about soybeans, trade during NATO summit

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit

Donald Trump has said his upcoming summit with Putin"may be easier than his imminent visit with Theresa May. But will it? Credit Evan Vucci AP

As the European Commission announced a settlement with Gazprom on Monday (13 March), officials told it was "highly likely" that the executive will approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

"NATO is the most successful alliance in history".

Trump's late tweet also repeated his insistence from earlier in the summit that Germany was wrong to support an US$11 billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending.

"Trump at NATO Summit: It's not just bad, it's a catastrophe", the influential Sueddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story online.

"How can you make that point with the little evidence that you have and the fact that there is no alternative planning on the table?" she said. Germany is the largest economy in the EU.

Trump also is expected to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel's tough talk over Russia's annexation of Crimea and sponsorship of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, she has defended the $11 billion pipeline deal to supply her country's energy shortfall.

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.

Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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The Atletico Madrid star picked up an injury during their quarter-finals clash with hosts Russian Federation on Saturday. Nicknamed "the Fiery Ones", that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.

Leaders will be keen to hear more about Trump's military approach to Afghanistan, which he revamped last August to include a surge in air strikes to force Taliban militants to the negotiating table.

Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, pictured here among alliance leaders, struck a diplomatic note about Mr Trump's outspoken calls for other countries to live up to their goal of spending 2 per cent of their economic output on defence. "I think that's very inappropriate". "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

Mr Trump said: "Germany is a captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation". The U.S. intelligence community, backed by a Republican-led Senate panel, has definitively concluded that Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win. According to Stoltenberg, eight countries would meet the 2 percent target this year and a "majority" put forward plans to do so by 2020 - compared to only three countries who were meeting the commitment in 2014.

"Merkel said they also 'briefly touched upon the upcoming trips of the president", which include a visit to the United Kingdom and a Monday summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And I think the answer to that question is yes, including in Latvia, big time.

Yet Trump did not seem to get that message.

The attack on the Skripals was an example of a growing disregard for "the norms and laws that help to keep us safe", she said, and undermined her vision for a rules-based global order.

When Donald Trump first spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin after becoming US president, he reviled the "New Start" treaty - a pillar of arms control - as a bad deal for America.

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