Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Since becoming president of the US Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised NATO allies over funding

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the US president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

Trump is in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday and Thursday, then will spend Friday and the weekend on a working visit to the United Kingdom, then will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions". And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security. "You're not dealing with Russian Federation, you're making Russian Federation richer", Trump said.

Germany and other European Nato partners argue, however, that they have boosted contributions to the military alliance and plan to kick in even more in coming years.

Trump called Germany a rich country that could increase its defense spending immediately if it wanted to.

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.

Trump used Germany as an example. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

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While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer U.S. relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin. We're protecting France. We're protecting all of these countries.

Commenting today on a newly signed joint EU-NATO declaration "to protect European citizens with all possible means available", Tusk said the details of the agreement include "improving the military mobility of troops and equipment, common preparedness for cyber and hybrid attacks, fighting terrorism and stopping migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean".

Nikonov said Trump was now strong enough to pursue his own agenda. "And, dear Europe, spend more on your defense, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped". "Since Trump became president, USA funding for military presence in Europe - the European Deterrence Initiative -has been increased by 40 percent".

The Kremlin hopes to increase the dependence of Germany and Western Europe on Russian gas while depriving Ukraine and other inconvenient states of the transit fees Russia must pay to use current pipelines.

But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry.

Trump has not responded to Kerry.

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