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Rutte in fighting for Merkel

BRUSSELS – UPDATE 135 HOURS * It is not a problem that Europe is dependent on Russian gas. But only if you good agreements, said prime minister Rutte. Rutte responded to this criticism by president Trump to the address of Germany. Who denounced the Germans because they have a lot of gas import from Germany, while the US, according to him, responsible for the defense of German territory.

Jens) (l) and Donald Trump (r) at the table for the NATO summit.

Our reporter Ruud for the haskell programming language is in Brussels, and to keep everyone up to date on the.

“It is a fact that Europe is dependent on Russian gas,” said Rutte on entry to the NATO summit in Brussels. “That need not be a problem if you are there, tight arrangements.”

According to him, the project to which Trump referred to, the gas pipeline projects Nord Stream 2, is purely “a commercial project”. The netherlands supports Germany in this, says the leader of the Dutch cabinet.

Merkel defends itself

Chancellor angela Merkel defended himself against Trumps attack that Germany “under Russian control”. She was referring to her childhood in East Germany under Soviet control. “I am pleased that today we are united in freedom,” said Merkel.

During a breakfast this morning with NATO secretary-general) gave Trump Germany out of the bag. “I find it very sad that Germany is a large oil and gascontract with Russia close,” said the American. “While you on your be wary, you have to pay Germany every year billions of dollars to Russia.”

And that while the U.S. is “suppose is” the Europeans, ” he said. “I think it’s inappropriate.”

Trumps swing set Wednesday morning the tone immediately. Advance was the fear that the American there with a straight leg would go, and that is what he did not disappoint. He is especially irritated about the Canadian and European laxity with regards to their own defensies.

The appointment is the fact that countries in 2024, should grow to the NATO standard of 2 percent of gdp, the total wealth of a country. The netherlands sits on 1.3 percent and would have billions more to take off on top of the 9 billion now annually spent on the armed forces.

’The appointment is 2024’

Trump stated bluntly that countries now at 2 percent. Rutte wants, there is nothing to know about it. “The appointment is 2024,” he said. In 2020, the government will see what this period can still do. If the price does not change, the Netherlands will in the long after the reach.

The fear in the Europeans and Canada is that Trump Wednesday a lot of files on a lot of will wipe. He is a trade war starts with China and the EU. Also here, it’s mainly the Germans who are the bitten dog. German luxury cars in the streets of New York are to him a thorn in the eye. According to the Republican, “they send their mercedes cars,” he said earlier, while they are as a bunch of evil-minded behave about defence.

Rutte was hoping the Republican, especially on the NATO agenda. “That debate, you should not be here,” he said about the relationship. A special role for the Netherlands to get everything to comfort her since he last Monday in the White House – he does not see for himself to play. “We are five times smaller than Germany.”

Two-day summit

The leaders of the 29 NATO countries are together in Brussels for a two-day summit. They are to 13.15 hours to be greeted by NATO chief Jens), after which a group photo is taken, followed by the opening ceremony.

The first and most important work session starts at 14.30 hours. The leaders will agree to an acceleration of the military response capability, increase the readiness of the troops and the promotion of a ‘military highway’ through Europe. Two new command centres in the USA and Germany get the green light.

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