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Nato summit: Leaders to focus on Afghanistan conflict

Nato leaders plan to turn their attentions to the conflict in Afghanistan, on the second day of a Brussels summit so far dominated by demands from President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump on Wednesday urged Nato allies to commit 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending.

He also singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

Nato leaders are hoping for a more conciliatory tone on Thursday before Mr Trump leaves for the UK.

In early-morning tweets from Brussels, the US president resumed his criticism.

He earlier accused Germany of being held prisoner to imported Russian energy, claiming it is “totally controlled” by Moscow.

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EU figures suggest Russia is responsible for between 50% and 75% of Germany’s gas imports, but gas makes up less than 20% of Germany’s energy mix for power production.

President Trump’s next stop after Belgium is the UK, where he will arrive early afternoon to begin a two-day working visit.

What’s the plan for Afghanistan?

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani will be present for the second day of talks, and Nato’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hopes the bloc will agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has already confirmed that the UK will send 440 more troops to serve in non-combat roles in Afghanistan.

The US also committed an extra 3,000 troops to support Afghan forces in September 2017 – bringing its total to 15,000.       Continue Reading