Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S

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For an alliance based on solidarity, disunity is precisely the wrong message Trump should be taking to his meeting this month with the cunning Putin in Helsinki.

At the meeting in Helsinki, presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation - Vladimir Putin and Donald trump will hold talks one-on-one, in an expanded format for a work lunch - this was announced by the representative of the American administration.

That said, Trump praised newer North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for their spending.

But Hutchinson, and the US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings.

He added that Trump hopes the meeting "can help reduce tensions and lead to constructive engagement that improves peace and security around the world because you can't solve problems if you're not talking about them", but said: "the ball really is in Russia's court". "Every one of our allies - 100 percent - are increasing defence spending". Many NATO states, particularly along the eastern border with Russian Federation, have become increasingly alarmed about recent aggressive moves by Russia's military.

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Huntsman said Trump would address the election interference in his conversations with Putin, along with a range of other national security issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea and its efforts in Syria. Such an approach could allow joint training, but end the practice of having over-burdened USA taxpayers foot the bill for wealthy Europeans' security. "Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.

Last month, a dour Trump stomped through the G7 summit in Canada, suggesting Russian Federation be readmitted to the elite economic group, despite having been expelled for invading neighboring Ukraine and annexing Crimea.

The senior administration official stressed that while U.S. officials have "repeatedly" raised election meddling in meetings with Russian officials, "the fact of the matter is we have not had the kinds of conversations, direct conversations, across the table conversations about things like election meddling and malign activity that really do need to take place". He knows the facts and the details and he's discussed it.

The two ambassadors laid out a preliminary schedule for Trump's travels. And that the very holding of this meeting is in itself a great achievement.

After the alliance was established in 1949, its first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, summed up its objective concisely: "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down".