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After Trump's spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan
NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond US President Donald Trump's demands for higher defence spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.

 

On a trip that will also take Trump to Britain and to Helsinki to meet Russia's Vladimir Putin, the president spent the first day of the NATO summit lambasting allies for failing to spend the targeted 2 percent of GDP on defence and accused Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy.

 

Trump, in a late-night post on Twitter, wrote: "Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn't nearly enough. US spends too much."

 


First published: 07.12.18, 07:58