Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

"It's very unfair to our taxpayer".

By accusing a global rival of having unsavory ties with Russia-at the moment investigators are looking into the president's own unsavory ties with Russia-Trump is continuing his use of the so-called "boomerang insult", a strategy that seeks to deflects attacks against him on to his critics.

Trump took issue with Nord Stream 2, a new $11-billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea that Berlin has supported despite qualms from other European Union states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a similarly dismissive response to Trump's statement, saying that her country "can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context.

In March, Germany agreed to allow Russia's energy-exporting monopoly Gazprom to build a pipeline through its waters. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the U.S., with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!" "Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the USA gets a bad deal from allies.

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And he said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies - after all you don't have that many". The United States pays about 67 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, more than any other nation, although only 3.5 percent is NATO-related.

Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, pictured here among alliance leaders, struck a diplomatic note about Mr Trump's outspoken calls for other countries to live up to their goal of spending 2 per cent of their economic output on defence.

In recent days, Trump has complained about a perceived lack of defense spending on the part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members other than the USA, using figures that don't always add up.

"President Trump has a very direct language and message on defence spending, but fundamentally we all agree that we need fair burden sharing", Stoltenberg said on his arrival at the summit.

"This isn't good for the United States and there are people across the aisle - and the Senate vote yesterday clearly showed - who know it and need to say it", he said. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

Soybeans are caught up in the trade war between the USA and China.

"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies.

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