Merkel says her policies are independent, dismisses Trump's criticisms
US President Donald J. Trump (C) arrives for a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a two-day meeting. EFE-EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2018 prior to travelling to Brussels for the NATO summit. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN
US President Donald J. Trump (3-R), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2-R) and US Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) attend a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (4-L) ahead of a NATO Summit, at the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018. EFE- EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
Brussels, Jul 11,(efe-epa).- The German chancellor on Wednesday reacted to a statement made hours earlier by the president of the United States in Brussels accusing Germany of becoming a captive to Russia.
Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, on arrival to a NATO summit, dismissed an earlier statement by US president Donald Trump accusing Germany of being "totally controlled by Russia," in reference to Russian gas supplies to Germany.
Merkel's response stressed that Germany was an independent country and its foreign policy lacked any foreign interference and added: "I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today.”
The German chancellor added that Germany was the third biggest provider of NATO troops, NATO infrastructure and, for many years, one of the most actively engaged NATO countries in Afghanistan.
The German chancellor pointed out that Afghanistan was the first time in NATO's history the Atlantic Charter's Article 5 had been invoked.
Said article enshrines the Atlantic Alliance's principle of collective defense whereby each member state must consider an armed attack against one member state to be an armed attack against all.