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Europe must plan for defence without North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Europe must plan for defence without North Atlantic Treaty Organisation”

Trump repeated demands on the second day of the summit for countries to meet a spending target of two percent of GDP now, instead of by 2024, and to eventually double spending to four percent.

The Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2018 would require the Defense Department "to resume compiling and submitting an extensive report that includes the common defense contributions of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries and other allies", including Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, according to a statement from Lee's office.

"The information included in this report would be instrumental in informing Congress' oversight of our own military and defense spending and would help educate lawmakers on the return on investment we receive in exchange for our involvement in global alliances".

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being "totally" controlled by Russian Federation because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas.

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she had "experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good".

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

"We had a fantastic meeting at the end". "The United States is a global military power with global military commitments". Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.

But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona wants Trump to tell Putin his invasion and occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine is "illegal" and his activities in Syria are "detrimental".

But the United States president has done so in a counterproductive way, setting an impossible target for rapid increases in defence spending, to 2 per cent of GDP by January, threatening that otherwise America will "go it alone".

During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach. I said: "You've got to stop".



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