The German Chancellor has promised to do her best to spend what Donald Trump calls a “fair share” on NATO during her first official meeting with the new US President, despite such commitments somewhat contradicting some senior German officials.
The first batch of British soldiers has arrived in Estonia to serve as part of the NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence on the borders of Russia and part of “wider efforts to defend the alliance” from the perceived threat from Moscow.
Four NATO warships have entered the Port of Odessa, according to the Ukrainian Navy. The ships will remain until April 20, as NATO and Ukrainian marines engage in military competitions and peer learning.
NATO's top leadership and member states' officials have been invited to the Moscow Security Conference, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said, reaffirming its persistent pursuit of open dialogue amid the alliance’s firm rejection of military cooperation.
German military presence will remain in the Baltic States ‘as long as needed’, said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel as he visited the country’s troops in Lithuania. Gabriel also accused Russia of “irrational” build-up at the border.
The future of NATO and its relations with Russia amid turbulent US foreign policy, as well as the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts in an era of Cold War style media hysteria have dominated the three-day Munich Security Conference.