Britain, US agree to engage Russian Federation with ‘strength, unity’

Trump claimed victory after bitterly criticizing key allies, notably Germany, for failing to pay their way at one of the most fractious summits in NATO's 70-year history.

The US president said he would be discussing Syria, the Middle East, Ukraine and nuclear proliferation. "It's been fantastic to see the level of spirit in that room".

"All Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms and some two-thirds of Allies have national plans in place to spend 2% of their Gross Domestic Product on defence by 2024".

Since last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies had added $US41bn to their budgets, he said, and now they would redouble their efforts.

The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the US stance of supporting Poland. Macron was barely able to get out a quick "no, no" before Trump continued speaking for the two of them.

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 US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.

Trump did not draw a direct link between weapons sales and his efforts to persuade other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to correct shortfalls in defence spending below North Atlantic Treaty Organisation targets, but vaunted the benefits of US-made defence equipment.

"I think that we're being hurt very badly by the - I would call it the witch hunt", Trump said during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Washington Post reported.

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments.

Earlier Thursday, Trump called out USA allies on Twitter, saying, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

The presidents of the USA and Russian Federation are scheduled to meet Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

The ministry says "obviously, the objective of this is to spoil the atmosphere" before Monday's summit between President Vladimir Putin and President Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

At the same time, he insisted Vladimir Putin was a "competitor" rather than an "enemy", ahead of their meeting in Finland next week after his four-day trip to the UK.

'These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin's government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy, ' McCain said in a statement.

TRUMP, speaking Friday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit marked by his scorching rhetoric and capped by a contentious emergency meeting: "There was a lot of love in that room".

Negotiations would then be widened to include members of both delegations, he said, adding that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold parallel talks in Helsinki with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo. "Now they are adding billions". "The commitment was at 2 percent".

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said he is concerned that Putin will take "full advantage of an ill-prepared" Trump.

The British government is also gripped by a crisis over Brexit and tension with Russian Federation after the United Kingdom blamed Moscow for this month's death of a woman from a Novichok nerve agent.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".

"The people voted to break it up [Britain's ties with the E.U.]", Trump said. She wanted to go a different route. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before".

  • Leroy Wright