Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Brussels Monday and is slated Tuesday to emphasize Washington’s in the words of one U.S. official “unwavering” support for NATO in a speech that will coincide meetings at the alliance’s headquarters, where the issue of Russia has hung heavily of late.
While sources close to Mr. Pompeo say the administration seeks to be “in sync” with Germany, France and all the other European members of NATO in confronting Russia, a senior state department official who briefed reporters traveling with the secretary of state emphasized that “we really want to see European allies do more.”
Russian moves around the Black Sea were particularly worrisome, Hodges said, comparing the seizure of Crimea and subsequent claims in the Black Sea to China’s claims and island construction in the South China Sea.
Some of the NATO members bordering the sea, like Romania and Bulgaria, don’t have a major naval presence there, but Turkey would likely prevent Russia from having free reign in the sea.
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