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What is the GRU? Mueller indicted the spy agency’s operatives.
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The real Russian collusion is with Germany, not Trump

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During his trip to Europe, President Trump criticized Germany, Europe’s most populous democracy and pivotal NATO ally as being “totally controlled by Russia.” And, if that wasn’t clear enough, he reiterated this by saying, “Germany, as far I’m concerned, is captive to Russia … So we’re supposed to protect Germany, but they’re getting their energy from Russia.”

For good measure, Trump noted that Germany is not meeting its obligations under the NATO defense alliance to spend 2 percent of GDP on their military — Berlin spends a paltry 1.2 percent of their economy on defense. Other than the U.S., only four of other 28 NATO members meet the threshold.

Trump’s remarks made a lot of people in Europe and America uncomfortable. His remarks are also true.

Germany has had a fraught relationship with Russian oil and gas. When the industrialized world shifted from coal to oil for transportation 100 years ago, Germany found itself without appreciable oil reserves. Germany’s World War II military and its operations were shaped by this lack of oil, with the vaunted blitzkrieg largely dependent on horse transportation. Germany’s first crushing defeat, at Stalingrad in early 1943, was a direct result of Hitler’s failed attempt to seize the Russian oilfields in the Caucasus.

German environmental policies over the past 20 years have led to the shedding of both coal and nuclear generating stations, as President Trump reminded German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wind power and natural gas have filled the void — with 40 percent of the natural gas burned in Germany coming from Russia.

Shockingly, to an American public fed a steady diet about alleged collusion between Putin’s Russia and the Trump campaign, the German political scene features more than collusion — it has open collaboration. Gerhard Schroeder, for seven years the chancellor of Germany until his defeat at the hands of Angela Merkel in 2005, counts himself a friend of Vladimir Putin.

Schroeder was on the board of Gazprom, Russia’s giant state-owned natural gas company that provided Europe with some 40 percent of its gas in 2017 — until he was named chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, also owned by the Russian government.

Schroeder, who once called Putin a “flawless democrat,” remains a formidable force in German politics. The most prominent member of the Social Democratic Party, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, Schroeder attacked Trump last year in a speech to party members, saying, “What happens in the U.S. needs to be openly and harshly criticized.” Schroeder labeled America’s political influence as “monstrous,” called for better relations with Russia, and told Germany to ignore President Trump’s call to meet its 2 percent defense spending commitment to NATO. Schroeder, who has earned millions by serving on the boards of two state-owned Russian energy companies, didn’t mention Ukraine, Crimea, or Russian human rights abuses in his speech. He was roundly applauded by party members.

Meanwhile, Gazprom is working to double its gas exports to Germany and Western Europe next year through an expansion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

But, as with Soviet efforts to expand oil exports to Europe during the Cold War, the Nord Stream expansion has been hit with U.S. economic sanctions.

After President Ronald Reagan imposed an embargo on the Soviet oil pipeline to Europe in 1981, the French foreign minister declared “the end of the Atlantic Alliance.” Current U.S. efforts to wean NATO partners off their dependence on Russian energy have been met with similar European pushback.

But an alternative is rapidly developing that will give Europe options that will greatly diminish the Russian chokehold on Europe’s energy needs: American natural gas. Liquefied natural gas exports from America quadrupled last year and are expected to expand another five-fold next year as the U.S. is on track to produce some 43 trillion cubic feet of natural gas by 2050 — some 2.5 times the production of Russia’s Gazprom.

The U.S. is on pace to become the world’s third-largest liquefied natural gas exporter by 2020, behind only Australia and Qatar, with 3.5 trillion cubic feet per year expected to go abroad that year.

With so much money and power at stake, however, other nations have a keen interest in stopping American energy production. In 2012, the anti-fracking film “Promised Land,” staring Matt Damon, was financed by the oil and gas-exporting families that rule the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, following a script that they’ve followed since the Russian revolution in 1917, Moscow has worked to undermine the West by secretly financing anti-fracking environmentalist groups around the planet. Russia has even set up an offshore shell company in Bermuda to wire money to U.S. environmental nonprofits such as the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund to whip up anti-fracking activism.

And, while some states such as California and New York have moved to “keep it in the ground,” Texas and other states with large natural gas reserves have encouraged the use of safe and improved oil and gas recovery technology to boost production.

America’s growing energy dominance isn’t just good for Americans — it will also help our European allies stiffen their resolve in the face of mounting Russian pressure.

Chuck DeVore (@ChuckDeVore) is a vice president with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army retired reserve.

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Gerhard Schroeder, for seven years the chancellor of Germany until his defeat at the hands of Angela Merkel in 2005, counts himself a friend of Vladimir Putin.

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G.R.U., Russian Spy Agency Cited by Mueller, Casts a Long Shadow

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The United States Congress has also had its sights on Russian military intelligence. In August 2017, it expanded the Obama administration sanctions to target two additional military intelligence officers in a sanctions bill.

The agency, according to a Treasury Department statement, has been “directly involved in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election through cyber-enabled activities,” as well as a 2017 NotPetya cyber attack, which caused billions of dollars in losses across Europe, Asia and the United States, disrupted global shipping and trade, and knocked several major hospitals offline.

Inside Russia, one of the two units cited in Friday’s indictment, Unit 26165, had a reputation as an elite group. In 2016, Vzglyad, an online news portal, described members of the unit as being “able to decipher any code within three minutes and re-encrypt it without breaking away from writing a doctoral dissertation on quantum physics.”

The European Union sanctioned a key Russian identified as a G.R.U. officer in relation to Russia’s military incursion in eastern Ukraine under the guise of patriotic volunteers. Igor V. Girkin, under the nickname Igor Strelkov, or Igor the Shooter, led the seizure of the Ukrainian town of Slovyansk in 2014.

Bellingcat, a group conducting open source research on the Ukrainian conflict, has identified the Russian military officer who shot down Malaysia Airline flight 17 in 2014 as a member of the G.R.U.

Earlier this year, the United States imposed sanctions against the G.R.U. for violating the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act, which prohibits entities from providing equipment or technology that can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile systems. This is likely for operations in Syria, where G.R.U. commandos, or Spetsnaz, have been instrumental in the fight against the Islamic State and played a critical role in regaining cities like Aleppo and Palmyra for the Assad government.

Like the Spetsnaz, the military’s signals intelligence units have a storied history stretching deep into the Cold War.

What is the GRU? Mueller indicted the spy agency’s operatives.

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WASHINGTON — The indictments against 12 Russian operatives allegedly involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee has put a spotlight on a massive Russian intelligence agency that has long lived in the shadow of the KGB.

The Main Intelligence Directorate, better known by the acronym GRU from its Russian name, is the Kremlin’s military intelligence arm. Founded not long after the Bolshevik revolution, it plays a much larger role than its rough U.S. equivalent, the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The GRU’s insignia, a bat shadowing the entire globe, hints at its clandestine activities. But it is believed to run part of country’s elite special forces while also collecting of both signals intelligence (primarily handled in the U.S. by the National Security Agency) and traditional human intelligence (the domain of the Central Intelligence Agency in the U.S.)

The GRU was reportedly instrumental in Russia’s takeover of Crimea and has been suspected in assassinations, sabotage, and other “direct action” operations, according to Foreign Policy.

Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in the U.K. earlier this year allegedly by Russian agents, worked for the GRU when he became a double agent for Britain’s MI6.

In the Soviet Union, the GRU existed alongside the better-known KGB, which has since evolved into country’s civilian intelligence agency, the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, and the Federal Security Service, or FSB, which is responsible for domestic security like the American FBI.

Rivalries between the agencies are reportedly common.

“The GRU has been always seen as a more competent, adventurous and ruthless service in comparison with the KGB or SVR,” Andrei Soldatov, a Russian journalist, told the Daily Beast in 2016.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had been a director of the FSB, visited the agency’s sprawling new headquarters in 2006 — arriving on its roof in a helicopter in what the Moscow Times called “a scene straight from the opening credits of a James Bond movie” — he bragged, “No other country can boast of such a state-of-the-art complex.”

Still, the agency was largely unknown to most Americans until it was accused of hacking the DNC and other Democrats in order to benefit Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

A cyber security firm hired by the DNC first publicly named the GRU in June of 2016.

In October of the year, just weeks before the 2016 election, the U.S. Intelligence community took the unusual step of publicly declaring they were “confident that the Russian Government directed” the hacking.

Even as Trump continues to downplay any Russian meddling on his behalf, his administration has stood by the conclusion.

“(O)ur Intelligence Community determined that Russian military intelligence — the GRU — had used WikiLeaks to release data of US victims that the GRU had obtained through cyber operations against the Democratic National Committee,” then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a Washington think tank in April last year.

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7:25 AM 2/5/2018 – “Puertopia” Or The Case Of Dystopia? : “They call what they are building Puertopia”: Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by virtual currencies, have moved to Puerto Rico to build a society that runs on blockchain (and to avoid tax). – NYT | The News and Times of Puerto Rico

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Puertopia: Building a crypto utopia in Puerto Rico where money is virtual

Brock Pierce inside the former Children’s Museum in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 26, 2018.

Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by virtual currencies, have moved to Puerto Rico to build a society that runs on blockchain (and to avoid tax).

Making a crypto utopia in Puerto Rico

  • Newly wealthy entrepreneurs hope to set up a crypto utopia in Puerto Rico.
  • Money will be virtual and contracts public, to show the rest of the world what a crypto future could look like.
  • For now, the local government seems receptive toward the crypto utopians; the governor will speak at their blockchain summit conference, called Puerto Crypto, in March.
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Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

[Read our main story on the latest indictments in the Russia investigation]

The following are some of the key highlights of the indictment of the Russian agents and what Mr. Rosenstein said at the announcement on Friday.


Analysis by David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg

  • “4. By in or around April 2016, the conspirators also hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (“D.C.C.C.”) and the Democratic National Committee (“D.N.C.”). The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code (“malware”), and stole emails and other documents from the D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. 5. By in or around April 2016, the conspirators began to plan the release of materials stolen from the Clinton campaign, D.C.C.C. and D.N.C.”

The indictment makes no reference to the previous hack of the D.N.C. by another Russian intelligence agency. That agency appeared to just be spying — it did not publish the committee’s documents, or go into the Clinton campaign itself. Mr. Mueller focused only on efforts to influence the election, not to spy.

  • “7. The conspirators also used the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release additional stolen documents through a website maintained by an organization (“Organization 1”), that had previously posted documents stolen from U.S. persons, entities and the U.S. government. The conspirators continued their U.S. election-interference operations through in or around November 2016.”

“Organization 1” appears to be WikiLeaks. It is not clear why the indictment does not name the organization. And it does not answer the mystery of whether WikiLeaks got the documents directly or through a cutout — a critical question for those examining whether there was any link to the Trump campaign.

  • “8. To hide their connections to Russia and the Russian government, the conspirators used false identities and made false statements about their identities. To further avoid detection, the conspirators used a network of computers located across the world, including in the United States, and paid for this infrastructure using cryptocurrency.”

We know that Russian hackers had posed as American citizens, but we did not know until now that they used cryptocurrency to hide their identities. That is a relatively new addition to traditional means of falsifying identities.

  • “22. The conspirators spearphished individuals affiliated with the Clinton campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted 76 email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign.”

The Russia hack was announced by CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm, in mid-June 2016. This suggests that the revelation did not slow the officers from the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency; they continued their hacking even though they had been exposed. This is consistent with the group’s activities when caught inside the White House computer systems, where it fought an National Security Agency operation to oust them.

  • “25. On or about April 19, 2016, KOZACHEK, YERSHOV, and their co-conspirators remotely configured an overseas computer to relay communications between X-Agent malware and the AMS panel and then tested X-Agent’s ability to connect to this computer. The conspirators referred to this computer as a ‘middle server.’ The middle server acted as a proxy to obscure the connection between malware at the D.C.C.C. and the conspirators’ AMS panel.”

This level of detail clearly indicates that intelligence agencies were inside Russian computers. That might be the N.S.A. — but it could also be the Dutch or the British, who were monitoring Russian activity and providing information secretly to the United States. It raises questions about why the United States did not act more quickly.

  • “33. In response to Company 1’s efforts, the conspirators took countermeasures to maintain access to the D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. networks. 
    a. On or about May 31, 2016, YERMAKOV searched for open-source information about Company 1 and its reporting on X-Agent and X-Tunnel. On or about June 1, 2016, the conspirators attempted to delete traces of their presence on the D.C.C.C. network using the computer program CCleaner.”

Company 1 is CrowdStrike. The countermeasures are similar to the G.R.U.’s action when caught in the White House system. It also shows an effort to cover the group’s tracks.

  • “35. More than a month before the release of any documents, the conspirators constructed the online persona DCLeaks to release and publicize stolen election-related documents. On or about April 19, 2016, after attempting to register the domain <a href=”http://electionleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>electionleaks.com</a>, the conspirators registered the domain <a href=”http://dcleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>dcleaks.com</a> through a service that anonymized the registrant.”

This says what has long been suspected: that the G.R.U. officers directly created DCLeaks.

  • “41. On or about June 15, 2016, the conspirators logged into a Moscow-based server used and managed by Unit 74455 and, between 4:19 PM and 4:56 PM Moscow Standard Time, searched for certain words and phrases.”

This was a day after the public revelation of the hack. It shows that the United States or one of its allies eventually got into the Russian servers to gather the evidence, or monitored the traffic from those servers.

  • “58. Although the conspirators caused transactions to be conducted in a variety of currencies, including U.S. dollars, they principally used Bitcoin when purchasing servers, registering domains and otherwise making payments in furtherance of hacking activity. Many of these payments were 21 processed by companies located in the United States that provided payment processing services to hosting companies, domain registrars and other vendors both international and domestic. The use of Bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds.”

The indictment’s details about the Russians’ use of Bitcoin showed how cryptocurrencies — and the anonymity they provide — have become both a tool and a challenge for intelligence agencies in the battles between nation states. The Bitcoin network allows anyone to move millions of dollars across the world without any in-person meetings, and without requiring the approval of any financial institutions. For spies, that means gone are the days of covertly exchanging suitcases full of cash.

  • “The conspirators funded the purchase of computer infrastructure for their hacking activity in part by “mining” Bitcoin. Individuals and entities can mine Bitcoin by allowing their computing power to be used to verify and record payments on the Bitcoin public ledger, a service for which they are rewarded with freshly minted Bitcoin. The pool of Bitcoin generated from the G.R.U.’s mining activity was used, for example, to pay a Romanian company to register the domain <a href=”http://dcleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>dcleaks.com</a> through a payment processing company located in the United States.”

Spies need to get their money somewhere, and Russia’s intelligence services are not nearly as well bankrolled as their American counterparts. So, in 2016, the Russians came up with a new way to secure money — they created it by mining their own Bitcoins.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on July 11 and 12 left Germans stunned by President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the nation’s contributions to the defense alliance and its economic ties to Russia.

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“Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, former leader of Norway, on the first day of the summit. “We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country we’re supposed to be protecting you against.”

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Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

[Read our main story on the latest indictments in the Russia investigation]

The following are some of the key highlights of the indictment of the Russian agents and what Mr. Rosenstein said at the announcement on Friday.


Analysis by David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg

  • “4. By in or around April 2016, the conspirators also hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (“D.C.C.C.”) and the Democratic National Committee (“D.N.C.”). The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code (“malware”), and stole emails and other documents from the D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. 5. By in or around April 2016, the conspirators began to plan the release of materials stolen from the Clinton campaign, D.C.C.C. and D.N.C.”

The indictment makes no reference to the previous hack of the D.N.C. by another Russian intelligence agency. That agency appeared to just be spying — it did not publish the committee’s documents, or go into the Clinton campaign itself. Mr. Mueller focused only on efforts to influence the election, not to spy.

  • “7. The conspirators also used the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release additional stolen documents through a website maintained by an organization (“Organization 1”), that had previously posted documents stolen from U.S. persons, entities and the U.S. government. The conspirators continued their U.S. election-interference operations through in or around November 2016.”

“Organization 1” appears to be WikiLeaks. It is not clear why the indictment does not name the organization. And it does not answer the mystery of whether WikiLeaks got the documents directly or through a cutout — a critical question for those examining whether there was any link to the Trump campaign.

  • “8. To hide their connections to Russia and the Russian government, the conspirators used false identities and made false statements about their identities. To further avoid detection, the conspirators used a network of computers located across the world, including in the United States, and paid for this infrastructure using cryptocurrency.”

We know that Russian hackers had posed as American citizens, but we did not know until now that they used cryptocurrency to hide their identities. That is a relatively new addition to traditional means of falsifying identities.

  • “22. The conspirators spearphished individuals affiliated with the Clinton campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted 76 email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign.”

The Russia hack was announced by CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm, in mid-June 2016. This suggests that the revelation did not slow the officers from the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency; they continued their hacking even though they had been exposed. This is consistent with the group’s activities when caught inside the White House computer systems, where it fought an National Security Agency operation to oust them.

  • “25. On or about April 19, 2016, KOZACHEK, YERSHOV, and their co-conspirators remotely configured an overseas computer to relay communications between X-Agent malware and the AMS panel and then tested X-Agent’s ability to connect to this computer. The conspirators referred to this computer as a ‘middle server.’ The middle server acted as a proxy to obscure the connection between malware at the D.C.C.C. and the conspirators’ AMS panel.”

This level of detail clearly indicates that intelligence agencies were inside Russian computers. That might be the N.S.A. — but it could also be the Dutch or the British, who were monitoring Russian activity and providing information secretly to the United States. It raises questions about why the United States did not act more quickly.

  • “33. In response to Company 1’s efforts, the conspirators took countermeasures to maintain access to the D.C.C.C. and D.N.C. networks. 
    a. On or about May 31, 2016, YERMAKOV searched for open-source information about Company 1 and its reporting on X-Agent and X-Tunnel. On or about June 1, 2016, the conspirators attempted to delete traces of their presence on the D.C.C.C. network using the computer program CCleaner.”

Company 1 is CrowdStrike. The countermeasures are similar to the G.R.U.’s action when caught in the White House system. It also shows an effort to cover the group’s tracks.

  • “35. More than a month before the release of any documents, the conspirators constructed the online persona DCLeaks to release and publicize stolen election-related documents. On or about April 19, 2016, after attempting to register the domain <a href=”http://electionleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>electionleaks.com</a>, the conspirators registered the domain <a href=”http://dcleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>dcleaks.com</a> through a service that anonymized the registrant.”

This says what has long been suspected: that the G.R.U. officers directly created DCLeaks.

  • “41. On or about June 15, 2016, the conspirators logged into a Moscow-based server used and managed by Unit 74455 and, between 4:19 PM and 4:56 PM Moscow Standard Time, searched for certain words and phrases.”

This was a day after the public revelation of the hack. It shows that the United States or one of its allies eventually got into the Russian servers to gather the evidence, or monitored the traffic from those servers.

  • “58. Although the conspirators caused transactions to be conducted in a variety of currencies, including U.S. dollars, they principally used Bitcoin when purchasing servers, registering domains and otherwise making payments in furtherance of hacking activity. Many of these payments were 21 processed by companies located in the United States that provided payment processing services to hosting companies, domain registrars and other vendors both international and domestic. The use of Bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds.”

The indictment’s details about the Russians’ use of Bitcoin showed how cryptocurrencies — and the anonymity they provide — have become both a tool and a challenge for intelligence agencies in the battles between nation states. The Bitcoin network allows anyone to move millions of dollars across the world without any in-person meetings, and without requiring the approval of any financial institutions. For spies, that means gone are the days of covertly exchanging suitcases full of cash.

  • “The conspirators funded the purchase of computer infrastructure for their hacking activity in part by “mining” Bitcoin. Individuals and entities can mine Bitcoin by allowing their computing power to be used to verify and record payments on the Bitcoin public ledger, a service for which they are rewarded with freshly minted Bitcoin. The pool of Bitcoin generated from the G.R.U.’s mining activity was used, for example, to pay a Romanian company to register the domain <a href=”http://dcleaks.com” rel=”nofollow”>dcleaks.com</a> through a payment processing company located in the United States.”

Spies need to get their money somewhere, and Russia’s intelligence services are not nearly as well bankrolled as their American counterparts. So, in 2016, the Russians came up with a new way to secure money — they created it by mining their own Bitcoins.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on July 11 and 12 left Germans stunned by President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the nation’s contributions to the defense alliance and its economic ties to Russia.

Germans were particularly shocked by accusations that they are in bed with Russia.

“Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, former leader of Norway, on the first day of the summit. “We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country we’re supposed to be protecting you against.”

Now, as Trump travels to Finland for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Germans worry that the nation’s decades-long balancing act between East and West might come tumbling down, leaving them — and Europe — reeling from the fallout.

They are bracing for the worst from what was once their once-most stalwart ally.

“The Germans are trying to assess what could be the maximum damage and how should the Europeans react if Trump does something horribly stupid,” said Gustav Gressel with the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

The transatlantic relationship is especially important for Germans, who have American investments to thank for helping rebuild the nation after World War II and helping Berlin during the Cold War. American politicking also contributed to the collapse of the communist regime in East Germany in 1989, and President George H.W. Bush’s nod of approval allowed for German reunification a year later.

Many Germans have family across the Atlantic as well, and hundreds of thousands study or work in the US each year. The German language — and food — is peppered with American influence.

Faith in that relationship and the nations’ shared democratic values, however, have made Germany reliant on the United States for its domestic security, analysts say.

Under the protection of NATO, Germany has winnowed away at its defense budget, which now stands at just 1.23 percent of GDP, according to government figures. That’s far lower than the 2 percent threshold NATO members agreed to meet by 2024, although defense spending is slated to increase in the coming years.

At the height of the German-American relationship, Germany’s dependence on the United States hardly tarnished German citizens’ views toward America. But relations experienced a major shift with the election of Trump in 2016.

Many Germans see the American president’s constant criticism of the United States’ $64 billion trade deficit with Germany and his gloating over American patronage to Germany as distasteful and an affront to nation’s sovereignty.

In 2017, 56 percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center study thought US-German relations were bad, while only 11 percent of Germans expressed confidence in Trump. That’s compared to over 80 percent who expressed confidence in the capabilities of former President Barack Obama in 2016.

“I think, generally speaking, we’re losing a very good friend,” said Jörg Dobers, 49, who works in pharmaceuticals in Berlin. “We know that Trump will be gone in four years but I’m fearful that he’ll leave much broken in his wake. That will be difficult to repair.”

‘Our former enemy’

Germany, in general, considers alliances with the US as well as with the rest of the EU as key to maintaining stability, peace and healthy trade. Throughout its history, however, the United States isn’t the only superpower with which Germany has sought to maintain close relations.

In order to pacify the Russian threat during and after the Cold War, Germany began developing energy networks with Russia, which were accelerated at the beginning of the millennium, said Gressel.

The relationship spawned massive natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany, and Russian gas now makes up almost 10 percent of Germany’s energy mix, according to government figures.

That amount could increase when a second pipeline, Nord Stream 2, opens in the coming years, especially as Germany moves to shut down coal-fired and nuclear energy in line with its energy transition to renewable sources.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands following a joint news conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 18, 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands following a joint news conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 18, 2018.

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Economic and cultural rapprochement between Russia and Germany, however, reached its apex in 2014. Then, Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula, showing that the “attempt to flatter Russia, or to provide economic incentives to Russia to make Russia more conformist and to accept Europe as it is, has basically failed,” Gressel explained.

At the time, ultra-pragmatic German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a product of Soviet-controlled East Germany who also speaks Russian, was adamant in levying sanctions against Russia for the deed. That was in spite of deep trade ties valued by businesses in Germany, a leading exporting country.

Not all Germans supported her decision.

“Germans are, all in all, for more of a cooperative tone with our former enemy in the Second World War,” said Henning Riecke with the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

After all, Germany’s formerly communist eastern states are still shaped by Russian culture, and many Germans feel a special relationship with Moscow.

“We have the advantage of having a chancellor who grew up in East Germany, the mid-point between East and West,” said Ruth-Janessa Funk, in her 40s, who teaches fashion marketing in Berlin.

But given increased Russian interference in Western elections, cyberattacks and Putin’s desire to fray Europe at the seams, “I think our relationship with Russia is getting so hot that it might boil over,” said Funk.

‘The Trumpian winter’

Looking forward to Helsinki on Monday, there are fears that Trump’s aggressive tone toward Germany and other traditional allies will only bolster Putin’s resolve to create chaos in the political alliances that have come to define the West’s geopolitical dominance, said Riecke.

“We’re now hoping that Helsinki doesn’t produce a complete break of Western consensus,” he said. “If Trump makes specific special deals with Russia that he didn’t pre-negotiate inside NATO, that would be a problem.”

Now caught between a geopolitical rock and a hard place, many Germans and political analysts say Merkel needs to take advantage of her position at the helm of Europe’s ideological and economic engine to return some semblance of normalcy to the East-West relationship.

That could take the shape of hiking up defense spending and bending slightly to Trump’s demands, but not to the point that she looks like a “poodle of Trump,” said Riecke.

And with Putin, that could mean leveraging Germany’s historical cooperation with Russia to salvage the relationship, “while also holding the European Union together and promoting European harmony,” said Sabine Reed, a city planner in Berlin in her 50s.

With Trump in particular, said Gressel, the key is appeasement and waiting it out to minimize the damage that his unilateral actions could have on Germany, the European Union and beyond.

“Germans don’t want to do a lot of damage on their end,” he said. “They basically want to freeze relations and hibernate the transatlantic relationship through the Trumpian winter. And with whomever succeeds him we can start talking serious stuff again.”

Austin Davis reported from Berlin.

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