Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki

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America's partners are particularly concerned about a surprise Trump giveaway during his meeting with Putin: announcing a withdrawal of significant Americans troops from Europe, cutting defence funds to US European Command, or stopping exercises with Nato's easternmost members, which Russian Federation protests as "provocative".

"We are seeing Russian Federation with malign activities on so many fronts right now, especially the hybrid area where they are through social media sowing discontent and even false information to try to divide our allies and take them away from the West and toward some dissidents and then hopefully they think influenced by them", the Envoy says.

The planned summit between Trump and Putin is set for July 16th.

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the US president". I think it's a sign of how confident the president is that he did nothing wrong. When I served as Nato's supreme allied commander from 2009-2013, we had controversy and disagreements aplenty over Afghanistan and Libya, for example, and endless arguments over equitable burden-sharing between the U.S. and the other allies.

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

Trump's comments come the day after U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said efforts to prod members into increasing their defense spending are finding success.

Tomas Valasek, director of the Carnegie Europe and former Slovak ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said the situation with Trump had already undermined its ability to deter would-be aggressors.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 28, 2017.

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The list goes on, and I'm sure Putin will give Trump a big kiss when they get together later in July to work on how to rig our mid-term elections.

Trump's obsession with military costs would make sense if it were part of an attempt to reduce the USA defense budget.

He has said previously it's not a "bad" thing to get along with Putin, and even suggested Russian Federation should be readmitted to the G7 summit.

Will Trump ignore all of this in pursuit of a new U.S. -Russia alliance? But he also raised eyebrows about his mindset for the one-on-one summit, which will not feature any aides, when he tweeted this last month: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

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