A summit of NATO defense minsiters is addressing the turmoil in Ukraine, as Western leaders urge the inclusion of Russia in the management of the crisis.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is touring the ranks of the Bundeswehr this summer. But some of the military hardware she is admiring, like the NH90 helicopter, has seen more ground time than flight time.
NATO says its 40,000-troop "Trident Juncture" exercises to be spearheaded by a German brigade, will proceed in Norway in October. Russia was briefed about the maneuvers near its border by NATO ambassadors last May.
Vladimir Putin is meeting Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two seasoned leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
Turkey has released from prison two Greek soldiers held on charges of military espionage and illegally entering the country. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said it was "an act of justice."
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