Trump begins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit with Nord Stream 2 attack

Trump Slams Germany as Being a 'Captive' to Russia Ahead of NATO Summit

Trump, who is also in Brussels for the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, suggested that Germany should stop buying Russian natural gas, claiming that the trade amounts to Russia controlling Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said Germany was independent in its policy choices in a pointed response to Trump saying Berlin was a "totally controlled by Russia".

Despite Trump's pugnacious posture and rhetoric, allies sought to project unity at the conclusion of meetings in Brussels.

Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia.

As the pair met alongside the main summit, Trump confirmed he had brought up the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany.

"President Trump upended world order in a way no American president has in modern history", Smith said. The US pays 22.1% of these budgets, while Germany pays 14.8%, for example.

"The fact that a Putin-Trump meeting will happen says only one thing: that for all its hysteria, the United States is not able to isolate or ignore Russia", said Alexei Pushkov, a prominent Russian senator from the ruling United Russia party.

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Trump repeatedly pressed Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, on why the USA continued to pay money to the military alliance while countries continue to purchase energy from Moscow.

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally. "I just don't want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit", Richardson said. Germany's leadership has said the pipeline is a private business decision and they have been reluctant to interfere. We're protecting France. We're protecting all of these countries.

The alliance as a whole increased defense spending for the first time in two decades in 2015.

But for Russian politicians who erupted in applause on learning that Trump won the USA election in hopes of rapprochement only to see ties worsen, Helsinki offers a precious opportunity for a possible thaw in relations.

Germany is extremely reliant on Russian gas, and the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which Germany approved in March, will only increase its dependence.

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. Trump plans to meet one-on-one with Merkel, when he will reiterate the same tough message to her face, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

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