US President Donald Trump said he is now "very, very happy" because North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies allegedly pledged to increase defence spending to levels "never seen before", despite reports to the contrary.
"These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin's government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy".
"Secondly, if the president and his team are not willing to make the facts of this indictment at top priority of the meeting in Helsinki, then the summit should be cancelled", the Democratic senator said.
He said the US has been "modernizing and fixing" its nuclear weapons program and added "it's just a devastating technology and they [the Russians] likewise are doing a lot".
The US has passed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation since 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and alleged meddling in the US elections, which it denies.
But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries greatly speed up their progress toward a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending at least two percent of their GDP on defense, which now has a deadline of 2024 with get-out terms available that can stretch it to 2030.
Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters adds in her statement that "this is consistent with what we have been saying all along".
He recalled that 60 intelligence officers were expelled from the Russian embassy in Washington in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.More news: Trump Says NATO Members Agreed to 'Substantially Up' Contributions
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There, he announced that Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq - a deployment of 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, aimed in part at staving off Trump's complaints that Canada and other NATO allies are not doing enough to contribute to their NATO defence commitments.
After an opening day of summit talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO leaders had hoped to focus on policy on Ukraine and Afghanistan. Does it benefit the U.S.in any way?
Rosenstein said the investigation is continuing.
Russia's Foreign Ministry is denouncing the United States' indictment of 12 alleged military intelligence agents accused of hacking into Democratic accounts in the 2016 U.S. elections.
"Putin is not America's friend". It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary". He also said any real progress on issues the leaders discuss "could take time". There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. Among those targeted was John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman.
But the meeting, and the extent of Trump's emphasis on election meddling, could highlight a divide between him and his own advisers, not to mention other Republicans, about the seriousness of Russia's activities.