Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump Wants To Meet Alone With Vladimir Putin At Helsinki Summit

Donald Trump Wants To Meet Alone With Vladimir Putin At Helsinki Summit

While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more.

The organization has in recent years been cleaning up in its act, a strategy that the group will likely tout at the summit to appease Trump.

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and USA 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 why, or why he would want to be."...

European allies may be less anxious about how Trump might behave in Brussels than about what he could say or do in his meeting with Putin, whose approval he so appears to crave.

"It's not us", Putin has told Trump, the official summarized.

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"Even if they hit 2 percent, I don't think it would matter....he just isn't interested in the whole alliance relationship", said Goldgeier.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson says Russian Federation aims to destabilize NATO with a wide array of "malign activities".

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.

Tomas Valasek, director of the Carnegie Europe and former Slovak ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said the situation with Trump had already undermined its ability to deter would-be aggressors.

President Donald Trump is planning to meet one-on-one with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at their summit July 16 in Helsinki.

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But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending.

President Trump was speaking with Putin on the phone just days after the Russian leader won his election in March, in what what was widely believed to be a rigged race with a landslide 77 per cent of the vote. "They are still trying to undermine the election cycle in 2018", said Lindsey Graham. Trump has slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of steel and aluminium imports from China, the European Union, Canada and others, prompting retaliation against U.S. products.

House Armed Services ranking member Adam Smith said Wednesday it appeared "the president is trying to reorient US foreign policy towards Russian Federation and away from our democratic allies in Europe". Which means his words and deeds during his European swing will drive policy - especially since aides have acknowledged Trump has few goals for the two summits.

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