Bulgarian President: NATO is not a stock exchange to buy security

Following an emergency session at the alliance headquarters in Brussels to discuss his demands, the USA president said the other members have agreed an unprecedented increase in defence spending.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters she's comfortable with the Trump-Putin summit, but it "depends very much on outcomes".

Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels on Wednesday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defence alliance, before the mood appeared to have calmed as the summit went into its second day, focusing on operations beyond Europe.

"The commitment was at two percent and that'll be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

This gives Putin, who invaded the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in early 2014 without major reaction from the West, even more leeway to shape the global balance of power despite its relative economic weakness versus major adversaries like China and the United States. But Trump's Thursday morning tweet, before meetings on Russian aggression and the war in Afghanistan, said allies "must" get to 4 percent.

Hours before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the charges, Trump vowed to ask Putin "firmly" about Moscow's involvement in the last presidential election, but he warned that the "stupidity" of domestic politics and the special counsel's ongoing probe into the issue was holding back U.S.

The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the USA pays more than others. "There is little use in parsing the president's misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and it is clear that our allies still believe in us as well".

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Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked. "I made the point for Germany that we know we have to do more". "It confirms the goal of two percent by 2024". But I said, ultimately we should be - in years in advance, we should be at 4 percent.

The Bulgarian President, formerly the commander of the Air Force before being elected head of state on a ticket backed by the opposition socialists, used Trump's statements to take a sideswipe at Bulgaria'scentre-right government, saying that Bulgaria was "reluctant" to allocate funds to the armed forces. But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing.

Trump pointed to the texts to label the ongoing investigation a "rigged witch hunt", and said the probe "really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation".

The emergency session came amid reports that Trump had threatened to leave the pact if allies didn't immediately up their spending.

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