Trump Attacks German-Russian Oil And Gas Deal Ahead of NATO Summit

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Merkel has given political backing to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import more gas, despite criticism from other European Union governments. Trump wants Europeans to pay up more for their own defence instead of making deals with Moscow. "They pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and we have to defend them against Russian Federation", the U.S. president said at a breakfast with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Germany is "totally controlled by Russia" due to its Nord Stream gas pipeline deal with Moscow, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, calling the deal "inappropriate".

Trump said Germany had become Russia's "captive" after it got rid of its coal plants and nuclear energy.

The Commander-in-Chief called-out the Chancellor at the onset of the global summit in Brussels; saying "It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russian Federation where we're supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation".

PHOTO: President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, July 7, 2017.

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As Trump was set to travel to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Tusk said, "I would like to address President Trump directly, who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe nearly daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities, and for living off the U.S".

He then contrasted the summit ahead to his very private meeting with Vladimir Putin, which is set for July 16 in Helsinki, days after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "And I think that leaders are also looking forward to your thoughts about the meeting with President Putin later on".

Later, Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany should have to pay more than "just over 1%" in comparison to the United States' 4.2% to NATO.

Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia.

In a bilateral breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in front of reporters, Trump immediately launched into a tirade about the pipeline.

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TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood has more details.

The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting later on Wednesday, after which Trump claimed: "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany". "We're discussing military expenditure. talking about trade", Trump told reporters who were allowed in to the meeting room.

Referring to the 97-2 vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate affirming its support for NATO, Kerry called on Republican lawmakers to call Trump on his actions.

US President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he gets on well with Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite earlier savaging Germany's trade and defence policies.

Berlin has argued the pipeline is a private project, not state-funded.

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