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EU's Tusk tells Trump: 'Appreciate your allies'

AFP  |  Brussels 

delivered a blunt message to US today on the eve of a summit in Brussels, telling him to "appreciate your allies".

Trump has ramped up criticism of European defence spending in recent days, stressing how many EU members are failing to meet agreed targets for investments, which has raised fears the summit could lead to another bust-up in the transatlantic alliance.

Speaking at a signing ceremony for a new EU-cooperation agreement, Tusk used the opportunity to send a personal message to Trump, who is due to arrive in the Belgian capital later today.

"I would like to address Trump directly who for a long time now has been criticising almost daily," the former Polish said.

"The US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU. We spend on defence much more than and as much as China," he added. "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many."

He concluded with a reminder that European troops had fought and lost their lives alongside Americans in following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the

"Please remember this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit, but above all when you meet President (Vladimir) in It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem," he said.

Trump will meet the Russian in the Finnish capital on July 16. The again took aim at NATO and the EU today.

"Getting ready to leave for First meeting - NATO. The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the US taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on

"NATO countries must pay MORE, the must pay LESS. Very Unfair!" he said in a second message.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:30 IST