Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday offered further assurances that his country was not on the verge of invading eastern Ukraine, telling reporters that Russian troops “will be returning to the place of their permanent quarters as soon as” military exercises close to the two nations’ shared border wrapped up.
Securing the president’s visits to the EU and NATO summits cost host country Belgium over $10 million.
At the conclusion of a joint news conference in the Netherlands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, President Obama gestured and thanked the crowd as only a single person in the audience responded with a slow, awkward clap.
NATO’s chief is calling Russia’s advances in Ukraine the greatest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War.
AWACS will fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis in Ukraine.
NATO says one of its dogs went missing in December during a mission.
Karzai vows not to enter into any agreement that allows U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan past the end of this year.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that a review into NSA surveillance activities will ultimately result in the “right” balance between security and privacy and says outrage over alleged espionage and eavesdropping should not disrupt key trade talks between Europe and the United States.
Afghan officials accused NATO of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 dead in the country’s remote east, while the Taliban on Sunday staged a car bomb and gun attack outside an Afghan intelligence office, killing four soldiers and wounding more than 80 people.
The No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday he believes the stage has been set for winning the war, but hard fighting lies ahead for Afghan forces now suffering heavy casualties.