German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit

German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit

German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit

The senior administration official stressed that while United States 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".

Some worry an unpredictable Trump, at the U.S. -Russia summit, could agree to take the first steps to embolden Russia, such as halting military exercises or agreeing that Crimea, a region of Ukraine annexed by Russia in 2014, belongs to Russia.

"The President hopes that a meeting can help reduce tensions", US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told reporters on a briefing call set up by the White House.

The EU slapped sanctions on Russian Federation in July and September 2014 in response to an alleged role that Russian Federation had played in conflicts in east Ukraine.

President Trump plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on Moscow's malign activity around the globe, including election-meddling, when the two leaders meet for a high-stakes summit next week, top administration officials said Thursday.

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.

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The prospect of Trump and Putin meeting alone has raised concern among members of the US national security community, some of whom have fretted that Putin, who has served as either president or prime minister since 2000, will use the meeting to gain leverage over the U.S.

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

Separately, U.S. Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters Thursday that the alliance is moving forward together, and "everyone has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent and an alliance that is unified" against threats like Russian Federation and China. He knows the facts and the details and he's discussed it. And that the very holding of this meeting is in itself a great achievement.

Just last week, he trumpeted a Putin talking point, tweeting: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

From Brussels, Trump travels to London, where he will hold government meetings before reportedly spending the weekend at the golf course he owns in Scotland.

The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin.

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