New US envoy Pompeo tackles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on spending, Russian Federation

Pompeo meets with NATO in Brussels

"For several years, Moscow has shown a pattern of unsafe behavior", he said at a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

The alliance has undertaken the biggest reinforcement of collective defence since the end of the Cold War but continues to see attempts to "intimidate and interfere" its members, he said.

"So, this is something new and, therefore, it is even more important that we are able to combine both to be firm to be strong and to have a clear message and convey unity in our approach to Russian Federation but at the same time keep the chance for dialogue open".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference on Thursday, Ukrinform's correspondent in Brussels reported.

USA officials said Pompeo warned Turkey that countries that purchase military hardware from Russian Federation risk running afoul of new sanctions the United States imposed past year on Russia's military and defense industries.

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Pompeo emphasized the "the scale of Russian aggression and the need for the West to show unity", the US State Department official said.

He said: "When tensions are high, it is even more important to talk with Russian Federation".

"It was clearly stated during my visit in Ankara that there is now close contact between the United States and Turkey on how to move forward in a way which is as coordinated as possible to avoid any unnecessary problems in northern Syria", Stoltenberg said referring to his visit to the capital on April 16.

Speaking after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers' meeting in Brussels, Stoltenberg was also cited as saying that he was aware of American threats to impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing the S-400. "Ministers will agree further details on the mission tomorrow", he said. This will include several hundred personnel.

"They're going to talk about Afghanistan".

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"They should meet the goals that they agreed to", he said as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump were meeting at the White House.

Even before his confirmation on Thursday, the former Central Intelligence Agency director was already involved in USA diplomacy, although this is first meeting at Nato, an organisation founded on defence against the threat from the former Soviet Union. "NATO remains committed to the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace", Stoltenberg said.

"We discussed the subject of the S-400 with Pompeo".

The meeting will also address Ukraine's hopes for membership, aspirations that have been met with fury in Moscow.

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