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Germany ‘captive of Russia’: Trump

Germany ‘captive of Russia’: Trump
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel
BRUSSELS, JUL 11 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 11:27:30 PM IST
US President Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on Germany on Wednesday ahead of a NATO summit here, accusing it of being beholden to Russia as it buys energy from Moscow. “Germany is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Moscow,” Trump said at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, his first since arriving in the Belgian capital.
He arrived in Brussels on Tuesday evening here for the summit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, after which he is expected to visit Britain and later meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland’s capital Helsinki, the Washington Post reported. 
Trump went on to complain that the US was expected to “defend them against Russia”, despite Germany making “billions of dollars” in energy payments to Moscow. “I think it’s something that NATO has to look at,” the US President said.
He earlier protested about Europe’s “lagging defence spending”, saying that NATO nations were taking advantage of US military largesse at the same time they were offering unfair trade terms to US businesses. Trump targeted Germany as it has not met its NATO spending commitments and is beginning construction of a second natural gas pipeline to Russia.
Stoltenberg pushed back on the US President’s comments, saying that while there may be differences of opinion within the alliance, “we are stronger together than apart”.
Trump retorted by again asking how the NATO alliance could be stronger when Germany is “making Russia richer”.
He also accused Europeans of failing to pay enough for NATO operations. European Council President Donald Tusk accused him of criticising Europe “almost daily”, tweeting: “Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many”.
Merkel dismisses Trump’s criticism
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday reacted to a statement made hours earlier by US President Donald Trump here accusing Germany of becoming “a captive to Russia”.
Merkel, on arrival for a NATO summit, dismissed Trump’s statement accusing her country of being “totally controlled by Russia”, in reference to Moscow’s gas supplies to Germany, Efe news reported. 
Merkel called Germany an independent country and that its foreign policy lacked any foreign interference. “I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today,” she said.
Merkel added that Germany was the third biggest provider of NATO troops, NATO infrastructure and for many years, one of the most actively engaged NATO countries in Afghanistan.
She pointed out that Afghanistan was the first time in NATO’s history during which the Atlantic Charter’s Article 5 had been invoked. The above article enshrines the Atlantic alliance’s principle of collective defence whereby each member state must consider an armed attack against one member state to be an armed attack against all.

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