In an exclusive interview with DW, Ursula von der Leyen said she was pleased to hear reassuring words from US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the importance of NATO and transatlantic relations.
The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has distanced himself from remarks made by President Donald Trump about Iraq's oil. Mattis also indicated support for Iraqis who served with US troops to be spared Trump's travel ban.
The US has made its clearest statement yet that it believes the Kremlin is providing the insurgents with weapons. Defense Secretary Mattis said this would constitute a "violation of international law."
US Defense Secretary Mattis has told NATO that Washington would consider a "moderate" commitment to the alliance if other members do not pay their full share. Earlier, he called NATO a bedrock of transatlantic relations.
Seven months after NATO agreed to increase troops in Eastern Europe, a German-led battalion has arrived in Lithuania. President Grybauskaite officially greeted the troops alongside German Defense Minister von der Leyen.
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