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Helsinki Summit Shows NATO's concern at Trump’s Compromises


Samy Amara

Sun, 08 Jul 2018 13:04 GMT

The Kremlin announced the anticipated summit between the Russian President, Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, will take place in Helsinki on July 16th. It is likely to include discussion of the international use of information technology, possibly including alleged “Russian interference in the US elections”.

TASS news agency reported that the official Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said it not unlikely that this case will be included amongst many other cases that the two presidents will discuss in the anticipated summit. He added that the inclusion of “information technology” had been on both sides’ agendas for a while, indicating that the Russian position had not been fully understood by American colleagues.

“Information technology” and its use is a lead issue, according to the “hawks” in the American Congress who visited Moscow last week, where the leaders of the Federation Council and the Duma (Russia’s Parliament) met together with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

Moscow has also held an extended conference to discuss the role of international cooperation in controlling the securing of information and how to resolve issues without resorting to accusations of information theft, manipulation and misuse.

In a speech during the conference, Putin indicated that his country had “offered many initiatives during which it had put on record its views regarding irresponsible behaviour in the information sector at governmental levels, indicating the need for legal mechanisms to combat electronic crime.”
NATO countries attending the Summit have also expressed concerns over possible agreement between Presidents Putin and Trump regarding NATO. NATO sources stated that these concerns will be aired in the Alliance’s Summit in Brussels on July 11th.

The Washington Post had already indicated the NATO countries’ concerns regarding Trump’s changing attitude to NATO and US sources have suggested, the “US President has informed his consultants with the intention of decreasing the budgets specified for defending Europe to ensure other countries in the Alliance increase their contributions in enhancing it.”

The newspaper added statements from European and American diplomatic sources saying that Trump risked offering “compromises” regarding the Crimean Peninsula and the Ukrainian crisis to his Russian counterpart. It reported that, “those close to Trump and the Europeans are concerned about the possibility of Trump being a man who is ready to disregard some of these issues in order to achieve a successful deal.”

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