News Trump's Pressure On NATO Is Working, US Ambassador Claims

10 July, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Bert Pena
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"I do think Russian Federation is trying to flip Turkey; they're trying to flip many of our allies", Hutchison said.

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and US heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans. "I don't know how much protection we get from protecting you".

The president and his top aides have given few signs that he intends to moderate his tough love rhetoric and demands for America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or that he plans to deliver ultimatums to the Russian president about meddling in future American elections or giving up the Crimea region of Ukraine he seized in 2014.

In the run-up to his trip, the president did little to ease European concerns by delivering fresh broadsides against NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 North American and European countries aimed at countering possible Russian aggression.

The NATO summit in Brussels this week will be one of the most critical meetings of the organization in the post-Cold War period.

Defence secretary Tobias Ellwood told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Given the US's footprint in Europe and Putin's recent hostile actions much hinges on the outcome of the two summits'.

"We all have to remember that we are now facing major threats by Russian Federation", the former Texas Republican senator told reporters.

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Trump has even called into question NATO's principle of collective defense - under which an attack on one member draws a response from all - for allies he feels are not paying their dues.

A photograph from the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec in June shows world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and President Trump.

"When Putin will deny any involvement in the elections in 2016, the reject denial challenge. They are still trying to undermine the election cycle in 2018", said Lindsey Graham.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 28, 2017.

Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defense, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing USA power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally freaky.

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