North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Fears Trump may pull troops out of Europe

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Fears Trump may pull troops out of Europe

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Fears Trump may pull troops out of Europe

The senior administration official stressed that while USA officials have "repeatedly" raised election meddling in meetings with Russian officials, "the fact of the matter is we have not had the kinds of conversations, direct conversations, across the table conversations about things like election meddling and malign activity that really do need to take place".

Following the summit, Trump will head to Britain, and on to Helsinki for a closely-watched face-to-face with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"The president [Trump] hopes the meeting will help reduce tensions and meet the constructive engagement that approves peace and security of our world", Huntsman said.

Today, the alliance's bureaucrats and some member states spotlight a threat from Russian Federation as a reason for keeping the organization alive, along with a laundry list of "train and equip" missions.

President Donald Trump is prepared to discuss Russian election meddling and other "malign" activities when he meets one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin later this month, the U.S. ambassador to Russia said.


Magnus Nordenman, who worked as a defense analyst and a strategic planning consultant for major European defense industry companies, said European allies are "absolutely worried" after hearing Trump disparage allies of the G-7, as well as NATO members' contributions and seeing him eager to meet Putin as well as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Also in the teleconference, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the NATO summit in Belgium next week. "That's the reason why we will continue to have talks in the NATO-Russia Council".

"You can't solve problems if you are not talking about them", said Huntsman. Previously, Putin and Trump have had meetings on the margins of other global gatherings.

On the issue of arms control, the official said the U.S. intends to raise Russian violations of the INF arms treaty during the meeting and discuss the fate of arms control agreements between the two countries. He is due to arrive in Helsinki the evening of July 15 for meetings the next morning with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Given the president's reported desire to explore pulling USA troops from Germany, one administration official said "there is nothing being said at all about the troop alignment in Germany or anything that would change the 32,00 troop force we have in Germany". In the afternoon, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Putin, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting and a working lunch before he departs for Washington.

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