"They kill us on other things". "And you need to make sure that we're willing, on our side, to hold Russian Federation responsible for the many activities that they are responsible for, whether that is election meddling; malign activities throughout Europe, including the Balkans, U.K. and Brexit, France, and Italy, just to mention a few; and to hold them responsible for" the destabilizing use of social media. In addition to plotting worldwide policy together, Putin and Trump have often commiserated with one another over both the "deep state" and "fake news, ' according to one senior official".
European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw US troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense. The summit also will offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Trump to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Huntsman's description of Russia's "malign" activities was far sharper than those expressed by Trump, who has indicated his admiration for Putin and said that he takes Putin at his word in denying election meddling.
Top German lawmakers and officials, in return, are lobbing a volley of criticism at Trump, with some even questioning his loyalty to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
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"He is too volatile.Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments in Germany given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.
"There are great concerns in the alliance about what agreements Trump and Putin could reach", Beyer told the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers in an interview published Saturday.
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"It can not be ruled out", Ischinger told the German newspaper Die Welt.
"Kim has only made promises thus far. And it's a big part of our deterrence effort to keep them from taking over sovereign nations as they did in the Ukraine when they took Crimea in 2014". "Only Trump has billed the summit as such as a success", said Beyer, a member of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in unusually frank remarks.