Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump's strained visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, meeting with Putin

Trump's strained visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, meeting with Putin

Ahead the NATO Heads of State and Government summit scheduled from 11 to 12 July, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, leaders face a major threat to the credibility of their military alliance at their summit this week - not from traditional foe Russian Federation, but from the head of their most powerful member, U.S. president Donald Trump. "It's not as much as 2 percent yet, but I think they will recommit more to do more because they realize that Europe does need to do more and they are the strongest of the economies in Europe", Hutchison added.

Does it really? In Trump's zero-sum mind-set, perhaps, but not in the real world. He also accused Merkel of pursuing oil and gas deals with Russian Federation while asking the U.S.to protect it from Russian Federation. "So I don't know exactly what he is putting together in that ... but I know that there are many different areas where we are a dual goal", she said.

Putin's latest election is widely believed to have been fraudulent, and critics fear it may be another step towards Putin being a ruler for life in Russian Federation.

Defence secretary Tobias Ellwood told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Given the US's footprint in Europe and Putin's recent hostile actions much hinges on the outcome of the two summits'. He said Putin and Macron have developed friendly and constructive relations. But only one member has ever drawn upon the NATO treaty's biggest benefit by invoking Article 5, which states that an attack on one is tantamount to an attack on all: the United States, following 9/11.

Trump's comments come the day after U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said efforts to prod members into increasing their defense spending are finding success.

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"When Putin will deny any involvement in the elections in 2016, the reject denial challenge".

In addition to that there is a sense of anxiety about Trump's relation with Russian Federation. But he also raised eyebrows about his mindset for the one-on-one summit, which will not feature any aides, when he tweeted this last month: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

Will Trump ignore all of this in pursuit of a new U.S. -Russia alliance? The summit also will offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Trump to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Concerned Democratic lawmakers are likely to howl as Trump barnstorms Europe while criticizing America's oldest allies and sounding a lighter tone on Putin in pursuit of his campaign promise to warm U.S. -Russia relations.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally freakish.

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