"Germany is totally controlled by Russia," Trump said.President Donald Trump had some harsh words for Germany as the NATO summit kicked off in Brussels Wednesday.During a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump accused Germany of being "a captive of Russia" because of its reliance on Russian energy, calling their relationship "inappropriate.""They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of the nuclear. They are getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia," Trump said.Here's why Trump is upset. Germany has been pursuing a pipeline for years that would carry Russian natural gas underneath the Baltic Sea to central Europe, despite criticism from the U.S. and other countries.And Trump says it's unfair that the U.S. is paying for European defense against Russia while Germany is supporting energy deals with Moscow."It certainly doesn't seem to make sense that they pay billions of dollars to Russia, and now we have to defend them against Russia," Trump … [Read more...] about Trump Accuses Germany Of Being ‘Totally Controlled’ By Russia
News / UK and world by Press Association July 11, 2018, 2:35 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Donald Trump has launched a blistering attack on Germany, denouncing it as a “captive” of Russia, as he ramped up demands for Nato allies to pay more for their collective defence. Arriving in Brussels for a two-day alliance summit, the US president said it was “totally inappropriate” that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russia for oil and gas while spending little more than 1% of its GDP on defence. He said the deal to build a new pipeline meant Germany was now “totally controlled” by Moscow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back, saying that having experienced life in Soviet-controlled former East Germany, she was glad they could now “determine our own policies and make our own decisions”. The barbed exchanges set the stage for another potentially stormy international … [Read more...] about Germany a captive of Russia, says Trump amid Nato tensions
POLITICS 07/11/2018 05:50 am ET Trump slammed Germany over a gas pipeline deal with Russia. By Liza Hearon President Donald Trump on Wednesday kicked off what is shaping up to be a contentious NATO summit by lashing out at Germany, saying the country is “captive to Russia” because of a gas pipeline deal. In a bilateral breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in front of reporters, Trump immediately launched into a tirade about the pipeline. “It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” he said. “If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia, because they supply ― they got rid of their coal plants, got rid of their nuclear, they’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia,” he added. “I think it’s … [Read more...] about Trump Kicks Off NATO Summit With Breakfast Rant: ‘Germany Is A Captive Of Russia’
This trip gives Trump the chance to tilt back toward most of Europe, or inch closer to Russia. Shortly before departing Washington, Trump hinted that he intends to stick his fingers in the eyes of NATO, tweeting "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!" Asked later whether Putin is a friend or foe, he replied, "I really can't say right now. As far as I'm concerned, a competitor." Still, Trump administration officials insist that the president's aims are to strengthen NATO by extracting more concessions from American allies, and to deliver a stern message to Putin about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections — even as his own rhetoric and actions suggest the former claim is in question, and he doesn't believe the latter is true. "The major thing, the major deliverable, the major overall theme of this summit is going to be NATO's strength and unity," Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, said. "I would say our major areas of deterrence … [Read more...] about Trump’s European trip: Trade wars, Brexit chaos — and a Russia quandary
Michael Sharnoff, The Washington Post Published 4:17 pm PDT, Monday, July 9, 2018 All eyes are on Russia as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week. But the real geopolitical focus of the meeting might well be a few thousand miles away in Syria. Last week, national security adviser John Bolton said that the meeting could offer a "larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria" and that an agreement could be "a significant step forward" for U.S. interests in the Middle East. But Bolton is engaging in wishful thinking, if not outright delusion. That's not just because the United States and Russia, despite sharing the goal of stability in Syria, fundamentally diverge on how to achieve it. The administration is also vastly overestimating how much sway Russia actually has in Syria. While Syria has been Moscow's closest Arab ally - and the largest recipient of its economic and military aid - since 1972, Russia's … [Read more...] about Russia and the US have common interests in Syria. But it may not matter.