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Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.

Trump claimed victory after bitterly criticizing key allies, notably Germany, for failing to pay their way at one of the most fractious summits in Nato's 70-year history.

"President Trump's continued refusal to condemn the Russians' attacks on our democracy, even after Special Counsel Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election, makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and unsafe", Pelosi said. They're the closest to Russian Federation and feel threatened by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its occupation of certain regions in Georgia since 2008. He may deny it, ' Trump said.

"Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment, they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before", Trump told a press conference before leaving for a visit to Britain.

The US also committed an extra 3,000 troops to support Afghan forces in September 2017 - bringing its total to 15,000.

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Reports suggest the US President told allies that the US "could do it's own thing" unless they increased their defence budgets.

The US leader has specifically singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

Asked if he could accept Russia's annexation with Crimea and still get along with Putin, he said, 'When it comes to Crimea, there's nothing much I have to say about it other than we will look at that just like I'm looking at many disasters that I've taken over'. French President Charles de Gaulle pulled his nation's military resources out of the alliance in 1966.

Beyond the direct budget, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation came to an agreement in 2014 that each member state will increase their own defense spending to 2% of their respective gross domestic product by 2024.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

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Trump also singled out Germany over its low-levels of defense spending - it now spends 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense - and renewed his criticism of a controversial gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation made a day earlier.

Trump said it was "really wonderful to see" the "level of spirit" in the room and how much money the other members were willing to spend.

Asked if Mr Putin presented a threat, Trump said, "I don't want him to be and that is why we have NATO". Tensions rose on the final day of the two-day summit, when members met in an emergency session amid demands from Trump to speed up defense spending.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality", she said.

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