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Businessman Trump sells arms to Europe: Russia

Russia says US President Donald Trump is “a businessman, selling everything,” including weapons to the Baltic countries, something Moscow says will not contribute to global and European security.

“America makes profit and money, and what to Europeans get? Weapons? What for?” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly briefing in Moscow on Wednesday.

She made the comments a day after the presidents of three Baltic countries, namely Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, met with Trump in Washington for a summit marking the 100th anniversary of the Baltic nations’ independence.

The leaders of three former Soviet satellite states expressed worries about an alleged Russian “threat,” despite their membership in NATO.

Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian president, even called on Wednesday for the installment of US Patriot missiles and the deployment of American ground troops in her small Baltic country.

Her proposal came a week after Poland, another NATO member state, inked a $4.75-billion deal with the US to purchase a Patriot missile system amid Moscow’s opposition to any deployment of the US-made system in Eastern Europe and near Russia’s borders.

According to a report by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday, the US State Department has approved $4.7 billion in potential weapons sales to Slovakia, Spain, and the UK. The proposed sales are pending possible approval by the Congress.

Zakharova said, “On the one hand, weapons are supplied, and on the other, parties are constantly set against each other, in particular European countries.”

“What can it (lead to? History has different answers to this question.”