Emmanuel Macron rubbishes Donald Trump's increased North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending claim

Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron

Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron

"We'll be talking to President Putin about a number of things: Ukraine".

At Thursday's press conference, he repeated an incorrect claim that the USA "pays for 70 to 90% of NATO".

Speaking in Brussels, he told reporters: "Yesterday, I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

The president will also be paying a visit to Windsor Castle where he and first lady Melania Trump will have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

Nevertheless, experts warned against over-optimism about the results of the summit or short-term prospects of Russia-U.S. relations due to the deep-rooted "systemic confrontation" between the two sides. Because The United States has been paying a tremendous amount-probably 90% of the cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation...

Officials at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016.

"The commitment was 2%, ultimately it will be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

Since 2015, the country has also had a populist right-wing government that supports many of Trump's positions, including his opposition to migration.

The Kremlin spokesman said President Donald Trump's anti-Russia comments showed an escalation in the USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe.

Russia, Greece spat and diplomatic tit-for-tat
Greece has a province called Macedonia, and argued that the former Yugoslav state's name implied territorial ambitions against Greece.

Mr Trump fuelled a fire by appearing to criticise prime minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, after the resignation of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and her minister in charge of the European Union exit, David Davis.

"It would really be shocking if it turned out that he in any way would withdraw from the strategy of securing this part of the world".

Schumer said in a statement that "glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy". "It is an occupier, an aggressor", Duda said. Demonstrators say that hundreds of thousands of people are planning to take to the streets tonight and tomorrow, and are planning to float a giant balloon caricature of Trump outside Parliament.

Kauppi called for closer cooperation not only between the United States and Finland, but also between Washington and the European Union and the Nordic region generally: "The world is broader than the transatlantic community, certainly, but the basic link between the USA and the EU is extremely important in terms of how the worldwide community takes shape".

Browder, a financier and vocal Putin critic, said the Russian president should not be given an opening to be on an equal stage to the leader of the free world after invading foreign countries and meddling in the US elections.

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. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

"I have a lot of faith in President Trump", he said.

"We need to stand up against this and make sure that May knows that this isn't the direction that we want to go in".

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