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He meets the Russian leader in Helsinki as the finale of a trip with earlier stops in Belgium, England and Scotland.

While it is in no one's interest to stumble backward into a Cold War, the huge political disconnect between Trump's dislike of Nato's democratic leaders and his frequently expressed admiration for the authoritarian Putin is an enormous discontinuity for the alliance.

In the run-up to his trip, the president did little to ease European concerns by delivering fresh broadsides against NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 North American and European countries aimed at countering possible Russian aggression. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.

At a startling cost of €1.2 billion and dogged by delays, Nato's new headquarters must epitomise all of Europe's shortcomings for President Trump. "For us it is very important that at this meeting did not happen unpleasant surprises from the United States", - leads edition of the words of the Ukrainian diplomat, who requested anonymity "due to the delicacy of the topic".

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"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade". "By virtue of what they've done with their lives, he's behind and he needs to prepare".

Regional experts have questioned the success of the Trump-Kim meeting, in which the president agreed to suspend US military exercises with South Korea but appeared to get little in return.

"I think it's wrong to think of this as anything but strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Alliance", said Grenell. At an April rally in Michigan, Trump warned that the U.S.is "not doing business" with the European Union until it changes its unfair trading practices with the U.S.

Germany's defense minister last week rebuffed Trump's twinning of trade and European defense spending. In addition to plotting worldwide policy together, Putin and Trump have often commiserated with one another over both the "deep state" and "fake news, ' according to one senior official".

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And despite Trump's outward rhetoric, the US contribution hasn't gone down, suggesting that nervousness around the summit may be overplayed, said Michaels.

Over half of Russians (54%) do not expect changes in relations with the United States in the coming two to three years.

The two ambassadors laid out a preliminary schedule for Trump's travels.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

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