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Tusk says different views on Russia than Trump

Tusk says different views on Russia than Trump

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EU president Donald Tusk says there is “no 100 percent sure” that Donald Trump and he’s a “common position or the same opinion” to share about Russia.

“On the other hand, we seem on the same line as it passes over the conflict in Ukraine,” said Tusk on Thursday in Brussels in an unexpected, short statement after his meeting with the new American president.

“My main message to Trump is that cooperation and friendship, based on common values and principles.” According to Tusk, the EU leaders represented in Brussels, there are “many things on which we agree, notably the fight against terrorism. I don’t have to explain why. But about the climate and the trade seems to be less the case.”

Trump is Thursday in Brussels in the “Tusk Tower” received by Tusk. The building is a nod to the Trump Tower in New York, even if renamed.

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Trump welcomed by Belgian prime minister upon arrival in Brussels

Too late

He was over fifteen minutes late to his first appointment with the highest Brussels of representatives, but the scheduled appointment to 11: 00 ran ultimately with more than a half hour.

Just before noon, they returned with the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker for a photo opportunity with the U.s. and the EU flag, which the 28 member states.

The meeting, where then also the president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and buitenlandchef Federica Mogherini at aanhaakten, had no official agenda. The meeting was, according to EU sources, mainly meant “to get acquainted”.

Tusk tweeted Wednesday that he and Trump “wants to convince you that euro-atlantism means that the free world works together for a post-western world order”.

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According to diplomats, the climate deal in Paris, the free trade and cooperation on defence and security.

To Trumps visit was eagerly awaited. There was the necessary doubt about his intentions with the relationship between the EU and the US. In particular, note that after the announced departure of Britain from the EU, several countries would follow, was in Brussels wrong.

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Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon arrived in Brussels.
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For the visit of the American president to the Belgian capital, there are additional security measures.
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Donald Trump with the presidents of the European Council and the European commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Thursday is Trump attended the NATO meeting in Brussels. Later leaves the president to Sicily for a G7 meeting.
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NATO

Fri night meet heads of state and government to each other at the NATO meeting in Brussels. Also Trump slide there.

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron says prior to the meeting that Europe, a new “elan”. “The EU and the only manage is not enough,” said Macron.

The EU leader sees in the further economic development of Europe, the fight against terrorism and migration policy, an important task “for our generation”. The Frenchman spoke Thursday with Trump and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They are all in Brussels because of a NATO summit.

Thursday night flying Home to Sicily for a G7 meeting.

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