[NATO Summit]:-Trump Says Germany Is Captive To Russia

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    [NATO Summit]:-Trump Says Germany Is Captive To Russia

    Washington-(Caalami-News)-US President Donald Trump has told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany is "captive" to Russia because it is importing energy from there.

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Washington-(Caalami-News)-US President Donald Trump has told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany is "captive" to Russia because it is importing energy from there.





In a heated exchange with the NATO chief ahead of a summit in Brussels on Wednesday, the US president was fiercely critical of German oil and gas imports from Russia.


Trump said it was "very inappropriate" for the US to be paying for European defence from Russia while Germany is supporting gas deals with Moscow.



"They pay billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia," Trump told Stoltenberg at a breakfast meeting.

At a meeting with NATO's Stoltenberg, Trump said Germany is 'captive' to Russia [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

At a meeting with NATO's Stoltenberg, Trump said Germany is 'captive' to Russia [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]
 

"Germany as far as I'm concerned is captive to Russia because it's getting so much of its energy from Russia," he said.



Bilateral Breakfast with NATO Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium...pic.twitter.com/l0EP3lzhCM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 11, 2018


Stoltenberg conceded that there was disagreement between NATO allies over a natural gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russia.


Berlin has been supportive of building a second pipeline to transport Russian gas straight to Germany through the Baltic Sea, despite objections from other EU countries that the pipeline would increase the bloc's dependence on Russian energy.


The US has previously warned it could impose sanctions if the project goes ahead.

Addressing reporters after his breakfast with Trump, Stoltenberg said it's not up to NATO to make a decision on the future of the project.


"This is a national decision," the secretary-general said. "It's not for NATO to settle that issue."




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