North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

US President Donald Trump and First Lady of the US Melania Trump arrive for a working dinner at The Parc du Cinquantenaire- Jubelpark Park in Brussels

"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.

He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg had given "total credit" to him for the increased spending, which he said he instigated during his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting previous year. "It will be over a relatively short period of years". The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.

He said that the decision to reach two per cent, which had been very hard to achieve in Bulgaria, would be fulfilled in the term of office of the next government, Radev said.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took a more diplomatic approach on the spending row, saying that Trump was having an "impact" while refusing to confirm any increase beyond what was agreed in the statement.

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Trump: "They really stepped up their commitment ... stepped it up an additional 33 billion ... " Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "But I'll very firmly ask the question".

Trump also reiterated his criticisms of Germany, which he said earlier this week was "totally controlled by Russia" because of a deal for a natural gas pipeline. "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius...and a very stable genius at that!"

Mr Trump did not go into details about what specific countries had promised but suggested they would be increasing their rates of spending "at a much faster clip". "Because I said it was unfair". Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really awesome ... "

According to the text of the 2014 declaration, "Allies whose current proportion of GDP spent on defence is below this level will ... aim to move towards the two percent guideline within a decade with a view to meeting their NATO Capability Targets and filling NATO's capability shortfalls".

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Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.

Trump's campaign and transition team have been accused of colluding with Russian agents in an effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election against Hillary Clinton.

"If he does do this meeting he should do nothing less than hand Putin these indictments and the previous indictments and demand immediate extradition of all the individuals", Mr. Perez said. I mean, it's one of those things. "I don't think you'll have any Perry Mason here". So, in a stroke, he shifted attention away from his own ties to the Kremlin just days before he meets one-on-one with Putin.

Sen. John McCain praised the Department of Justice's announcement of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, adding President Donald Trump shouldn't meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin unless he holds him accountable.

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