Russia threat is focus of summit
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.