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"He has this general view that America's allies have been taking advantage of it, and that all of these arrangements are what he likes to call 'bad deals.' Apparently at the G7 summit, he told our partners that NATO was as bad as NAFTA", said Goldgeier, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement Trump wants to terminate.

"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.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson says Russian Federation aims to destabilize NATO with a wide array of "malign activities".

And the U.S. presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton visited Russia on June 27, said in Moscow that "this (the recognition of the Crimea part of the Russian Federation - approx. ed.) is not the position of the United States". But Trump's claim that the USA pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data.

"That's what I can answer", Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked to confirm information provided by some sources who said that agreements on the withdrawal of the Iran-backed forces from Syria could be the key issue at the upcoming meeting between the Russian and USA leaders, according to Russian TASS news agency.

"He will have watched the Kim Jong Un summit and he will have the same appraisal: that Trump gave away a major American card without getting anything concrete back for it", said a former senior USA official.

- Stopping our military exercises with South Korea.

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Meanwhile, Putin does not plan to meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who is en route to St. Petersburg to cheer on France national team.

Trump had also invited Putin to the White House, which would be the first such visit since 2005, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said to Russian journalists in April.

"The United States is spending far more on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation than any other Country", Trump claimed in a tweet on Monday.

"He'll play the long game on this, he'll see this as an investment, as one step down the road toward an. easing of outside pressure", said Bill Burns, a former US ambassador to Russian Federation and deputy secretary of state involved in some of George W. Bush and Barack Obama's summits with Putin.

"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.

The US commander-in-chief has a familiar stick to wield: the shortfall in defense spending; or as Trump puts it, allies' refusal to "pay what they owe".

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