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Minister: Defence spending to be raised gradually

13 Juillet 2018

The Kremlin's spokesman said today Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States leader Donald Trump would address reporters after their Helsinki summit next week but were not obliged to make a joint statement.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the US".

The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland.

On Thursday, Trump told a press conference in Brussels Russian President Vladimir Putin is not an "enemy" but rather a "competitor", according to Time.

"Obama failed very badly with Crimea", Trump said.

Trump will later Friday take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, before spending the weekend in Scotland on a private visit that will likely take in 18 holes at one of the property magnate's golf courses, where more protesters await him.

This has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

"I think he's got what it takes".

President Trump on Thursday blasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan as soft on terrorism and regretted that he's been made to feel "unwelcomed" in the British capital.

Mr Trump stated his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, speaking after reports that he had warned leaders that the U.S. could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her plan to keep close economic ties with the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc next March was "principled and pragmatic".

But he also said "this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job and I mean that".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders pose for a family photo at the start of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018.

'Actually, events have moved on somewhat, because even as he was giving that interview [to The Sun], the white paper was being published in London, ' he told the BBC. It's likely that this won't be the last we hear from Trump on his trip. "She said: "Don't worry, it's only the press".

NATO, a pillar of the global order, emerged from a two-day confrontation with President Donald Trump on Thursday intact but distracted and shaken, a further challenge to the alliance as it faces an expansionist Russian Federation and growing authoritarianism among some of its own members. "I think it is important for him to see it.it will show the people that he is prejudiced against that we are behind them".

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said.

The Huffington Post headline highlighted the president's remarks on immigration and terror attacks, saying: "Trump storms United Kingdom: blasts May, goes full racist".

Trump said he had made a suggestion to May on a negotiating tactic with Brussels that she had not taken because it was "maybe too brutal", but she could still use it if things took a turn for the worse.

Minister: Defence spending to be raised gradually