At NATO meeting, Pompeo agrees to combat Russian aggression

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The foreign ministers of NATO member countries will discuss Russian Federation at a meeting on Friday and consider what can be done to better confront hybrid threats, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

The new American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, up until now the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will enter the global world of foreign affairs on Friday.

The senior U.S. official said Germany spends only 1.24 per cent of its GDP on defence and plans only to increase this to 1.25 per cent by 2021.

Despite European confusion about Trump's foreign policy and his "America First" rhetoric, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said it was 'impressive to come here one night after being inaugurated. "Absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the shortcomings, the flaws of the deal, he is unlikely to stay in that deal, as it is now".

Pompeo s United States delegation came out satisfied with the discussion on Russian Federation.

But divides remain on spending commitments, with Germany in particular holding out against the large military spending increases demanded by Trump, and on how to balance a stern response to Moscow with keeping open a door to dialogue.

Pompeo, a former Army officer who was a Republican congressman, is regarded as a loyal supporter of US President Donald Trump with hawkish world views.

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Attending a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers in Brussels less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, Pompeo criticized Russian Federation for threatening the alliance's friends and partners in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as for "an aggressive campaign to undermine Western democratic institutions". He is also scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan in the coming days. They say the deal has granted unprecedented access for global monitors, ended Iran's nuclear weapons program and created a framework for addressing other concerns about Iran's military and political activities throughout the Middle East.

'There's no more fitting destination for my first foreign trip, ' Pompeo later told reporters.

French President Emmanuel Macron, after his meetings with Trump in Washington earlier in the week, said he expects the U.S.to pull out of the Iran accord. There's good reason for that.

Pompeo said that among the allies there was "enormous consensus of the risk that it poses to the West [and] a real commitment to work together to mitigate to those risks and to deter them".

Pompeo will also have separate talks with the foreign ministers of Italy and Turkey.

"We could not hold a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the ministerial level, because Hungary blocked the meeting as it did not agree with the Ukrainian language law".

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