Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it was not clear yet how many troops the U.S. will use to battle terrorists in Afghanistan in the coming two years, but he expressed some confidence that the Afghan forces will improve enough to secure and govern their own country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops deployed in regions near Ukraine to return to their home bases, the Kremlin said Monday.
Government is desperate to stop fighting between its troops and pro-Russian militia in its southern port city.
Pro-Russian militants stormed government buildings in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine.
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.