Rus­sia threat is fo­cus of sum­mit

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter is sum­mon­ing top U.S. de­fense and diplo­matic lead­ers to Ger­many to map out a counter-strat­egy to Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Ukraine and re­as­sure al­lies wor­ried about Moscow’s ag­gres­sion.

The closed-door meet­ing Fri­day of about two dozen gen­er­als, am­bas­sadors and other lead­ers is aimed at as­sess­ing how ef­fec­tive the cur­rent eco­nomic sanc­tions and U.S.-backed mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions have been in de­ter­ring Rus­sia.

Carter will seek ad­vice on whether the U.S. needs to ex­pand mil­i­tary ex­er­cises or beef up as­sis­tance to other coun­tries in the re­gion wor­ried about the threat to their home­land af­ter Rus­sia an­nexed Ukraine’s Crimea penin­sula last year.

A se­nior U.S. of­fi­cial trav­el­ing with Carter pro­vided de­tails about the sum­mit on con­di­tion of anonymity, cit­ing a lack of au­tho­riza­tion to dis­cuss the meet­ing pub­licly.

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