US President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe
in May in a phone call yesterday (5 February) with NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist
conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.
Trump was elected on a pledge to push NATO members to increase their
funding to the western alliance to ease the financial burden on the
This proposal has drawn opposition from both his fellow Republicans
as well as Democrats and the idea has worried European allies who fear
Russian President Vladimir Putin might take advantage.
A White House statement said Trump and Stoltenberg “discussed how to
encourage all NATO allies to meet their defence spending commitments”.
“President Trump agreed to join a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in May,” the statement said.
Trump and Stoltenberg also “discussed the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border”.