Trump slams Russia's 'captive' Germany over gas deal ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

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Trump's harsh words for Merkel, whose country has hosted tens of thousands of USA troops that have been key to post-WWII stability in Europe for seven decades, struck at the core of the alliance.

While Trump has been making a habit-and a spectacle-of calling out North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not living up to their commitment to the alliance in terms of military spending, it's not at all clear the serial liar and "not a smart man" has his facts straight.

During a working breakfast that marked the start of the summit, Trump claimed Germany is "controlled" by Russian Federation due to an energy partnership between the two countries. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

"The former chancellor of Germany is head of the pipeline company that's supplying the gas", Mr. Trump said.

"Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent, whereas the United States in actual numbers is paying 4.2 percent."
"I think that's very inappropriate".

Germany's energy relationship with Russian Federation has long frustrated Washington and Eastern Europe, who fear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that bypasses the Baltic nations and Poland could be used to cut them off from crucial energy supplies.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think it's very sad when Germany make as massive oil and gas deal with Russia when you're supposed to supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia. The president argued this is not fair to USA taxpayers and "we're not going to put up with it".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country also lags on the two percent pledge, said the focus should be on "outputs" rather than on how much is spent.

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President Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, gesture during a heated bilateral breakfast on Wednesday in Brussels.

Sources told the newspaper Kommersantthat the Kremlin has submitted a two-page document to the White House with a first draft of a potential statement Moscow hopes Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will make at the conclusion of their Helsinki summit next week.

Trump has claimed on numerous occasions over the last week that the United States" more than 4 percent GDP contribution to the security of the group compared to its European allies is "very unfair' to the American taxpayer.

"We do have disagreements, but most importantly, we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger", Stoltenberg said.

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".

"Many countries are not paying what they should", Trump said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the project is a private commercial venture.

"In recent years we've seen Russian Federation stepping up its arms sales to Iran; shielding the Syrian regime's appalling use of chemical weapons; launching cyber-attacks that have caused huge economic damage; and spreading malicious and fake news stories on an industrial scale", she said. "He diminishes alliances we built to safeguard an economic and strategic force that has allowed millions of people to live in freedom", Kerry continued.

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