Friday, 20 July, 2018

Kay Bailey Hutchison says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members 'making progress' on increasing defense spending

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit - media
Faye Gross | 10 July, 2018, 02:19

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

Spanning both events is the biannual Farnborough air show in the United Kingdom, where defense companies and allied nations toggle between the welcome news of increased European defense spending and deeper cooperation against the Russian threat, and the conflicting messages sent from Washington over its commitments to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and existing trade agreements. But Trump's claim that the US pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data.

It may be harder to predict what the American president - vs. his Russian counterpart - will say at the July 16 summit in Helsinki.

President Vladimir Putin plans to visit only the final match of the 2018 World Cup Spokesman of the President Dmitry Peskov states, TASS quotes.

But Hutchinson, and the US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings. Still, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a weekly podcast on Saturday, said Germany would increase defense spending in its 2019 budget, suggesting Trump's jawboning is paying off.

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America's partners are particularly concerned about a surprise Trump giveaway during his meeting with Putin: announcing a withdrawal of significant Americans troops from Europe, cutting defence funds to US European Command, or stopping exercises with Nato's easternmost members, which Russian Federation protests as "provocative".

With the established global order on shaky footing, President Donald Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States' closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. About it reports Fox News. One official who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity said "we're entering with our eyes wide open" but "the ball really is in Russia's court" when it comes to changing their behavior.

Huntsman cited Trump's meeting earlier this month with North Korean Kim Jong Un as having "reduced tension on the Korean Peninsula", and said that any reduction in tension with Russian Federation "would be on a much bigger scale". But he also raised eyebrows about his mindset for the one-on-one summit, which will not feature any aides, when he tweeted this last month: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

"I don't think he has a choice".

Hutchison said the US would continue to "stand behind" the Ukrainian people when asked about Mr. Trump's recent comments about the Russian annexation of Crimea.

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