NATO summit: Trump says Germany is ‘captive’ to Russia

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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 Germany’s Nordstream gas pipeline deal with Moscow. 

Dozens of NATO leaders are set to meet in Brussels on for what is likely to be a stormy summit.

Although the 29-member military alliance’s annual meetings have traditionally been fairly by-the-book affairs, expectations are different this year – thanks, in large, to Trump.

The US president has been openly critical of many of NATO’s practices, often railing against Washington spending more money on defence than other member states.

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Trump’s criticism might put further strain on the relationship between the Western allies, especially following last month’s turbulent G7 meeting.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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