© Sputnik / Tybyldy KadyrbekovExpansion of US Sanctions Unlikely to Impact Russia's Sovereign Rating - Moody'sFollowing Trump's January 2017 inauguration, the US president has met with Putin several times on the sidelines of various international events. Putin and Trump met for their first full-fledged summit in Helsinki on July 16 of this year. The two presidents had a one-on-one private conversation followed by an expanded meeting. Putin and Trump discussed the Syrian refugee crisis, the situation in Ukraine and nuclear proliferation, among other issues. Trump faced overwhelming criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for his remarks at a post-summit press conference in which the US president accepted Russian denials that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 presidential election. US authorities have been investigating the allegations about Trump's campaign team potentially colluding … [Read more...] about Trump Claims Russia Seeking Economic Aid From United States
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The first day of the NATO summit has shown that, despite a row within its ranks that needs urgent, diplomatic pacification, the 'defensive' alliance is still united and ready to adopt another set of measures aimed against Moscow. From the outset, the NATO summit has demonstrated that the contradictions between once-close allies run deep. While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg desperately sought to keep up appearances, US President Donald Trump, the leader of a country that has always been the bloc's bulwark, effectively launched an attack against his own allies in an attempt to make them contribute more to the alliance. 'Unfair' spending & 'delinquent' allies Trump, quite predictably, used the opportunity to renew his push for increased spending by other NATO members and further pressured the US allies amid an ongoing row over trade. He also did not mince any words as he lashed out at his European partners. READ MORE: Uneasy alliance: Transatlantic partners face … [Read more...] about NATO summit day 1: Divided alliance unites against Russia, as US demands immediate contributions
NATO was founded in 1949 to deter Soviet Union aggression. The alliance is based on deep cooperation with the US to provide security for the EU with its huge range of nukes. So who which ally pays the most? Read on for more... Which nations pay the most? NATO members have agreed to spend 2 percent of economic output on defense every year by 2024, but Germany and Spain are among the countries not expected to meet the target. Ahead of the July 2018 two-day summit in Brussels, President Donald Trump slammed other members for not contributing enough to the alliance. Trump has been a harsh critic of Nato since his 2016 presidential campaign. The United States contributes the most to the alliance, funding around 70 per cent of NATO spending. This adds up to roughly $664billion, or two thirds of total spending on national budgets. According to 2017, figures, the Greece is the second highest giver, spending roughly 2 per cent of its GDP, with the UK coming a close third.Who pays the … [Read more...] about Nato contributions by country – which nations pay the most, who pays the least and how many meet the 2 per cent GDP target?
If EU member states refused to raise their defense budget, the United States could reorient its defense policies toward them, the lawmaker suggested. © REUTERS / Christian HartmannNATO Members Set to Discuss 'Russia's Malign Activities' - US Envoy to NATONATO members have been discussing defense spending for years, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and his predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen attempting to make all the allies meet the target of allocating 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defense, the lawmaker recalled. These discussions further intensified after US President Donald Trump took office in early 2017, Kaili added. The parliamentarian noted the importance of NATO member states reaching the 2 percent target, especially in light of the US leadership’s growing reluctance to negotiate and compromise. READ MORE: 'Anti-NATO' Summit to Convene in Brussels on July … [Read more...] about NATO States Need New Forms of Defense Besides Raising Military Budgets
The official also recalled that Italian Prime Minister Conte had joined US President Donald Trump's call for Russia to be brought back into the G7. READ MORE: 'No Meat on Board': German NGO Invites Italy's Deputy PM to Banned Migrant Ship He added that, though "eastward, Russia has undoubtedly assumed positions that deserved a firm response," the biggest dangers facing the alliance, in Italy's point of view, stemmed from the south, specifically the arrival of migrants from across the Mediterranean sea. The Pratica di Mare Summit was a meeting between NATO and Russia at the level of heads of state and government held in Rome in 2002. It established the NATO–Russia Council (NRC) through the Declaration on NATO-Russia Relations: a New Quality. © AP Photo / Carmelo ImbesiClosed Ports: Salvini Says Refugees ‘Can Forget About Reaching Italy’On April 1, 2014, NATO suspended … [Read more...] about Italy Intends to Endorse New Chapter in NATO-Russia Ties – Under-Sec of State