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2018年07月12日

Germany Makes Independent Policies, Decisions

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
US President Accuses Germany of Being A Captive of Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump criticized the energy agreement between Berlin and Moscow, saying Russia controls Germany through energy resources.

In a heated exchange with the NATO chief ahead of a summit in Brussels on Wednesday, the US President was fiercely critical of German oil and gas imports from Russia, World News reported.

"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country that we are supposed to be protecting you against. You know, everybody is talking about it all over the world, saying − wait a minute, we are supposed to be protecting you from Russia, but why do you pay billions of dollars to Russia for energy? Why our countries in NATO, namely Germany, are having a large percentage of the energy needs paid to Russia and taken care of by Russia?" Trump said at a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

"… I think it is something that NATO has to look at, I think it is very inappropriate," the US President added.

The US President lashed out at Germany, calling it "a captive" to Russia and stressed that Berlin "only makes Russia richer".

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not,” Trump said.

“I think it is a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany about it. On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent (on defense) … And I think that is inappropriate also,” he added.

Stoltenberg conceded that there was disagreement between NATO allies over a natural gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russia, but stressed that the organisaton's strength is that "despite these difference we have always been able to unite around our cause to protect and defend each other".

Washington has previously warned it could impose sanctions if the project goes ahead.

“I think it is unfair,” Trump said, adding that other presidents has raised European defence spending levels in the past but he is intent on dealing with it, and “we can’t put up with it".

In recent days, European President Donald Tusk repeated his own criticism and opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project, which Germany and other supporters, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have defended as a commercial project with no political subtext.

Speaking outside NATO headquarters after the breakfast, Stoltenberg insisted that despite Trump’s tendency to use “direct language”, NATO allies “all agree” on the need for more spending and said he expects “open and frank discussion” during the summit.

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.

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

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

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
Merkel Responds to Trump Accusations: Germany Makes Independent Policies, Decisions
TEHRAN (FNA)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to US President Donald Trump accusations of Russian influence, stressing that Berlin makes independent policies and decisions.

“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union," the Chancellor stated on Wednesday, without mentioning Trump’s comments specifically, World News reported.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in Eastern Germany," Merkel said.

"Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to NATO and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States," she told reporters.

Trump is set to meet Wednesday with Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime US ally is “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia”.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump will reiterate his public criticism of Merkel during their pull-aside on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump fumed during a Wednesday meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that a Russian natural gas pipeline project in Germany is “very inappropriate” as he criticized European countries’ contributions to the mutual-defense alliance.

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.

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

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

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