Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and US allies".

While he then went over the top in saying "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Mr. Trump's rant is an accurate summary of Berlin's role in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Referring to her own past living in the now defunct East Germany, Ms Merkel added: "I personally experienced how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union".

"Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation", he said.

"We should first get to two percent", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, adding that eight of the 29 allies were meeting that target, while others had a plan to do so - turning a leaf on years of defence budget cuts.

"I think that shows when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation calls, the United Kingdom is one of the first to step up", she told reporters.

'It should never have been allowed to happen.

After Putin complained that White House officials tried to stop their phone call from happening, Trump told Putin, "Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them", according to NYT via The Hill. "The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough". "There is no break-up between U.S. and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who left Mrs May's Brexit negotiations in chaos by resigning as Foreign Secretary.

After meeting with embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May in London and a golf weekend at a Trump-owned course in Scotland, the president travels to Helsinki for next week's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kerry, who served as the Secretary of State from 2013-17, said Trump makes public adversaries out of its friends, and turns USA adversary, who has been attacking America's democracy, into his fawned-over ally.

However, Trump would "do better to lower the decibel levels in public", Burns said in a " Squawk Box " interview.

USA ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison urged allies to look beyond Trump's rhetoric and focus on the summit declaration for the alliance's future work - which the U.S. is expected to back.And she said she expected Trump to recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO - Article 5 - which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all.

Despite Trump's claims about Germany, Merkel served as a forceful advocate for imposing - and maintaining - sanctions on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014, arguing that it violated the principles of the global order established after World War II.

"It's very important that we have these exchanges together because we are partners, we are good partners and we wish to continue to cooperate in the future", she told reporters. Moreover, he displays a woeful ignorance of the work his predecessor's administration did to increase European defense spending.

Trump didn't blame Stoltenberg for the state of affairs, however.

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