German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left listens to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby R-Ala. third right during his meeting with U.S. congressional delegation as U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. attends the talks in Moscow Russia Tuesday July

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left listens to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby R-Ala. third right during his meeting with U.S. congressional delegation as U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. attends the talks in Moscow Russia Tuesday July

Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, Ambassador Jon Huntsman was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of a country USA intelligence officials have concluded undermined US democracy by meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win, among a long list of hostile actions.

The Pentagon is already reviewing the impact of withdrawing some of the 35,000 active-duty American troops in Germany, The Washington Post reported last month. But Trump, who insists that the United States carries too much of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation burden, wants action now.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told the reporters here on Thursday that Washington will continue to hold Moscow "accountable" for its alleged "malign activities" despite the upcoming meeting between the two presidents.

Trump accused Merkel of pursuing oil and gas deals with Russian Federation that provide Moscow with "billions and billions of dollars" while looking to the United States to protect Germany from Russia's military.

While the senior administration official said the summit must focus on carrying out a "sober assessment of the root causes" of problems in the US-Russia, the official also called the summit "a deliverable in itself". "Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally. Trump also rejected the joint communique signed by leaders at the conclusion of the meeting, launching personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the process.

As previously reported "FACTS" before the U.S. presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton said that the upcoming meeting trump and Putin could improve relations between the two countries, and one of the topics at the meeting may be a possible return of Russian Federation to the Big eight.

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Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told McClatchy that European leaders are "scared to death" and are "increasingly anxious [Trump] is going to do things not based on what's in the best interest. but based exclusively on his vision of 'America First'".

After the alliance was established in 1949, its first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, summed up its objective concisely: "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down".

But Hutchinson, and the USA ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings.

"We will talk about the biggest increase in defence spending by our allies since the Cold War", she said.

According to Pew Research Data, more than 60,000 USA troops are now stationed in Europe, including 35,000 in Germany, 12,000 in Italy, 8,500 in Britain, and 3,300 in Spain, with thousands more rotating into other European countries as needed.

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