Three years after the Crimea annexation in 2014 and the war between Kiev Government and the separatists armed groups in Eastern part of the country, tension remains high between the West and Russia.
NATO strengthens its presence
The US is pressing on NATO Allies to increase their defense expenditures to the level of 2 percent of their GDP. (Supplied)
NATO considers the deployment in the Baltic states and Poland a deterrent posture towards any possible Russian adventure. (Supplied)
Russian President Vladimir Putin considers NATO deployment forces close to Russian borders as a direct threat to its national security. (Supplied)
EU extends Russia sanctions
German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron to the European Council on June 22-23 , 2017, on Russia failure to convince the armed groups in Eastern Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements. (Supplied)
Addressing possible threats from Russia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that “The Alliance stands untied in the face of any possible aggression”. (Supplied)