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11 July 2018, 04:00 | Darnell Patrick

GETTYJens Stoltenberg is waiting to announce the new countries that hit the defence target this year

Jens Stoltenberg

Despite unhappiness over his allies spending, US President Donald Trump is likely to reiterate US support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them.

The summit follows an acrimonious G7 meeting in Canada, and comes amid a deepening rift between Europe and the Trump administration over a range of issues, from the Iran nuclear deal, to Mr Trump's protectionist trade policy, to the middle east and climate change. The first official summit of the two leaders was announced by both the White House and the Kremlin on June 28.

Mr Stoltenberg - apparently startled by the ferocity of the USA president's assault - shot back as he reminded Mr Trump of NATO's common cause.

US President Donald Trump plans to promote US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a meeting next Thursday (6 July) in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies.

Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 USA presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

She admitted that his criticism of Germany's low spending on defense was fair, but appealed to his background as a businessman to consider Germany's defense contribution in a wider light.

European diplomats fear a repeat of the G7, when Trump clashed with his Western allies before meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at a summit and praising him as "very talented".

Many US presidents have urged European governments to spend more on their militaries.

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Mr Tusk also said that the United States did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

Trump then heads to Helsinki to meet Putin.

Despite Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine and confirmed election meddling in the US, the president wouldn't say if Putin was friend or foe.

He also repeated misleading statements about which countries are meeting the alliance's Defense Investment Pledge, in which each member state is expected to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense, and about when those falling short are expected to meet that goal. "And then numerous of the counties go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had fought alongside Americans in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg over breakfast in the United States embassy in Brussels, Trump said Germany was "captive to Russia" and criticised its failure to raise defence spending. They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation.

New figures published on Tuesday showed that only seven European NATO countries - Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania - would reach the 2.0-percent spending target in 2018.

President Trump will be in Europe this week to meet with world leaders - allies and adversaries alike - to discuss pivotal agenda items for American, NATO, and global stability interests. "We're being taken advantage of by the European Union", Trump said, adding that US NATO spending "helps them a lot more than it helps us". It is always worth knowing: who is your strategic friend?



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