USA tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies: It's about fairness - pay your share

USA tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies: It's about fairness - pay your share

As U.S. summit talks with Russian Federation draw closer, Sen.

While noting that "we need to do more" on defence spending, Hutchinson noted that more than half of NATO's members were on track to achieve the target set by the alliance of two per cent of gross domestic product spent on defence by 2024.

Its report added: "This will enable the United Kingdom to lead the way to quell American concerns about the failure of European partners to commit more funds to their own national defence".

"Many of us are concerned, I certainly am, about the President's ongoing rhetoric that really demeans or ridicules our allies and praises our adversaries", Flake said.

On other occasions, the two men discussed Syria, where Putin offered to help Trump achieve his agenda of pulling the U.S. out of the region, before advisers urged the President not to accept such an offer.

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

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The fear is not only that Mr. Trump will spoil the "unity" of the summit with harangues before flying to Helsinki for a far friendlier meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Still, Trump has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, even suggesting the USA may not protect them if they don't pay their fair share. It was "immature" to link the two topics, Ursula von der Leyen said.

But comments made by Trump have undercut this, most recently when he told other leaders at the G7 that NATO was "as bad as NAFTA", the North American trade deal he has threatened to tear up. "We can do that through the [World Trade Organization]. Change is Coming!" Trump said on Twitter in June in posts that specifically called out Germany.

The Trump administration has been supportive of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European countries at a tactical level - actions generally credited to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"I'll talk to [Putin] about everything", Trump said last week.

Asked about possible concrete outcomes from Trump's meeting with Putin, Huntsman said that "the fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", he said, although "I don't exclude that there will be some concrete agreement".

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