>> NATO is the force multiplier for the United States.>> NATO's leaders are convening at their Brussel's headquarters, and once again it's the American President's presence that has raised the stakes. The alliance is changing rapidly, partly in an attempt to alleviate Donald Trump's criticism that the US carries an unfair share of responsibilities, will it be enough to satisfy him?
Reuters' Robin Emmett is there.>> Militarily, NATO has actually never looked stronger. There's gonna be some big decisions on defenses against cyber attacks, about the readiness of forces to defend European territory. An increase in European and Canadian defense spending, more money for troops in Afghanistan, and even an invitation to a new member Macedonia.
So it's Trump the disruptor who brings a bit of a different approach to the summit. The NATO summit ends on Thursday, but NATO diplomats have said to me that in a way they won't be satisfied until President Trump has been to meet President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July the 16th.
The reason I say that is become NATO diplomats fear that in a gesture of goodwill towards President Putin, Trump could freeze exercises in the Baltics or withdraw or draw down US troops in the Baltics and Poland as he seeks better ties with Russia. And that would be a massive blow to NATO which over the last few years has found unity and a renewed sense or purpose in deterring Russia.