But for anyone hoping to see sparks fly at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, the US president did not disappoint, complaining anew about defence spending even as he endorsed a joint communique supporting current commitments, and pointedly slamming a German natural gas pipeline deal he says has left the country "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".
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Schumer says Trump should cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections. Not to mention, Trump already has a dubious relationship with Russian Federation at a time when much of the world, especially Europe, is concerned about its aggressive military activities.
The US President repeatedly attacked Europe and Brussels over the "terrible way" the US had been treated by the European Union, particularly with trade agreements. And on Friday, he voiced skepticism that the meeting with Putin would result in a confession about election meddling. Teach him a lesson that Russian Federation cannot interfere in our elections, Schumer wrote in a statement.
Trump has been pushing for the 29 allied nations that make up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to speed up their commitment to increasing defence spending to two per cent of GDP - a goal set in 2014 with a 10-year deadline.
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Instead, he said, the other 28 allies had agreed to increase their defence spending more quickly to meet a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of two percent of their national income within a few years.
He said the USA has been "modernizing and fixing" its nuclear weapons program and added "it's just a devastating technology and they [the Russians] likewise are doing a lot".
"The state of bilateral relations is very bad", said Ushakov.
Trump has not disclosed details about what nuclear arms control treaties he would propose to Putin, but they may discuss the extension of the "New Start" treaty, a pillar of arms control.
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"We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody..."
Finnish National Defense University security policy expert Lt. Col. Jyri Raitasalo told VOA the Trump-Putin summit will be largely "symbolic".
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a press conference in Brussels that the 2 percent target had not changed. The effort also included bogus Facebook ads and social media postings that prosecutors say were aimed at influencing public opinion and sowing discord on hot-button social issues. I don't think. But you never know what happens.
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