Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.
The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.
Asked if the issue could cloud Monday's Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, Peskov said its agenda would include many conflicting issues. "That is, are we really committed to the same goals and to the future of the organization?"
Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.
Trump this week reportedly floated a spending commitment of 4 percent of GDP, which is more than even the USA pays.
US lawmakers want Trump, both privately with Putin and publicly, to condemn Russia's actions. But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe.
It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. "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". He said that he expected the pressure to increase defence spending to continue.
At the moment, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are supposed to spend 2% of GDP on defense-a goal, not a requirement or a membership fee-but only eight of the alliance's 29 members will do so this year.
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The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the US president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec. "I think 4 percent is the right number". "In theory, if you tried to imagine a scenario where all the imports from the Netherlands stopped altogether, and there was only Norway and Russian Federation left as sources of gas, then it's possible that Russian Federation basically increases its share up to 60-70%". "There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP. "It reaffirms a commitment to 2% in 2024".
"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really unbelievable".
"Trump pointed to several countries, especially Germany", the source said, adding that the U.S. president used "hard language, with repeated references to Germany".
"And no, a joint statement is not an obligatory attribute of such meetings. And I know that's valued very highly over here and people can disagree strongly and still go out to dinner". "I'm a very stable genius".
Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality".
And, a reminder, that for all the insults thrown and the agreements threatened over the past few years, seldom has Mr Putin caught the ire of Mr Trump.
The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".