NATO Summit: Germany, France reject Trump's budget demands

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

However Washington opposes the project, and a spokesman for the US State Department told Reuters on Wednesday that Western firms invested in the pipeline were at risk of sanctions.

"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters.

Pipes used in the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

Mr. Trump has also been harshly critical of German Chanceller Angela Merkel, tweeting in June that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

"This is nothing more than an attempt to force European buyers to purchase more expensive liquefied gas that can be supplied from alternative places", Peskov said, arguing that consumers should have the right to choose their own gas suppliers.

President Donald Trump on Friday predicted there won't be a "Perry Mason" moment when he addresses Russian election meddling during an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We want there to be a possibility that these talks create an atmosphere that would allow us to discuss future contacts and, in particular, normal contacts in the form of visits to our respective countries".

"Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 percent", he said.

He also took aim at Turkish Stream, a pipeline in construction created to bring Russian gas under the Black Sea to the European territory of Turkey.

Never mind that the 2 percent guideline was established in 2006 - or that other leaders more or less snickered at Trump's 4 percent ask.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, US exports of LNG soared from 0.5 billion cubic feet per day in 2016 to 1.94 billion cubic feet per day previous year.

"The U.S. position strikes us as not constructive and in contradiction to the rules of global trade and economic relations", he said.

Meanwhile, 41% of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation.

"I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment and now we are happy and have a powerful, strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, much stronger than it was two days ago", he said.

Macron said he had just agreed a 2019 budget with parliament so changing it was unrealistic - a point Trump later said he had accepted though he still expected all members to hit the 2 percent target in the next years, and then possibly double that. "We urge Russian Federation to cease all political, financial and military support to militant groups and stop intervening militarily in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to withdraw troops, equipment and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, though, said the discussion "made NATO stronger", as it "created a new sense of urgency". However, he then suddenly changed his tone and said that "if we could develop a relationship, it would be good for Russian Federation and good for us, good for everybody".

He said: "She's a very smart, very tough, very capable person and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you".

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