Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Flake: 'Concern' about what Trump might promise Putin

Flake: 'Concern' about what Trump might promise Putin

Kiev has counted on US diplomatic and financial support in its standoff with Moscow since the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of Russian-backed separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people despite a notional ceasefire.

"We're paying anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe", the president said. In addition to plotting global policy together, Putin and Trump have often commiserated with one another over both the "deep state" and "fake news, ' according to one senior official".

The president has long spoken disdainfully of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other multilateral institutions, including the European Union, and has been especially critical of Germany for not spending a bigger portion of its own budget on defense.

Ukraine has secured US assurances that President Donald Trump will not betray its interests when he holds his first bilateral summit meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"It can not be ruled out", Ischinger told the German newspaper Die Welt.

"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.

Experts fear the trip could produce a repeat of the dynamics from Trump's last trip overseas, when he admonished Group of Seven allied nations at a summit in Canada before heading to Singapore, where he showered praise on one of America's longest-standing adversaries, North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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.

"Kim has only made promises thus far".

"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. "Only Trump has billed the summit as such as a success", said Beyer, a member of Merkel's Christian Democrats.

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