US pressures NATO to ready more forces to deter Russian threat

  • US pressures NATO to ready more forces to deter Russian threat

US pressures NATO to ready more forces to deter Russian threat

He also said that NATO is modernizing its command structure and the defense ministers are due to sign off on two new command centers - one to protect Atlantic shipping lanes, based in Norfolk, on the U.S.'s east coast, and a second one to coordinate personnel movements around Europe, located in the southern German city of Ulm.

Trump's first trip overseas as president included a stop at last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) governmental leaders meeting, allowing him to address European leaders who were anxious about whether the United States would continue its level of support for the Nato alliance. French President Emmanuel Macron aims to set up a new French-led European "intervention force".

"President Poroshenko will be invited to the NATO Summit".

The United States and European allies also have differences over trade issues and the USA decisions to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord.

"We have decided further steps to strengthen our shared security and boost defense and deterrence against threats from any direction", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters.

One alliance diplomat told Reuters that in preparatory meetings, Trump's decision to target Europe on trade and Iran was absent from debates in an attempt to preserve unity, but that there were "elephants in the room".

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not expect the dispute with European allies over US import tariffs to damage military and security relations.

"We have disagreements between NATO allies but we stand together in NATO when it comes to the core task of protect each other".

"We live in a more unpredictable world, we need a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and we need to invest more in our security", he said in an interview with VOA.

Wrong-footed by Moscow with Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014 and its intervention in Syria's war in 2015, the United States is distrustful of the Kremlin's public message and wants to be ready for any eventuality.

"President Djukanovic and I highlighted the importance of what we call the dual-track approach to Russian Federation", he said. He said 2018 is the fourth year in a row that defense spending has increased.