Stoltenberg spoke about a dual approach to Russian Federation

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, April 27, 2018.

On his first overseas trip as America's top diplomat, Pompeo hit the ground running with a series of meetings at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels aimed at underscoring the alliance's relevance in a crisis-filled global environment that includes persistent or worsening conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

"We will begin with a meeting to discuss Russian Federation". "NATO has responded with resolve and unity".

Earlier in the week, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson said Turkey purchasing the missile defense system from Russian Federation is worrying for her country and added that there would be "serious consequences". The alliance has also enhanced cyber defenses and stepped up efforts to counter Russia's hybrid activities, he added.

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.

"When tensions are high, it is even more important to talk with Russian Federation". He noted that Army Gen. Details will be confirmed at the summit in July, but Stoltenberg said it would involve several hundred personnel. European Union High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini will join these discussions.

"Stoltenberg said Pompeo's visit to Brussels was "a great expression of the importance of the alliance". "We have seen too often how turmoil in this region can inspire terrorist attacks on our own soil, and drive desperate refugees and migrants to our shores".

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Ministers also debated plans to expand NATO's training mission in Iraq.

"Today we agreed on the concept of operations for our mission". The NATO forces will train Iraqi instructors, and help build Iraqi military schools.

Stoltenberg welcomed President Ashraf Ghani's unprecedented offer of peace talks to the Taliban.

"Nato should not return to business as usual with Russian Federation until Moscow shows a clear change in its actions and complies with global law".

Cavusoglu has told Turkish broadcasters after his meeting Pompeo that the S-400 deal has concluded and that Ankara would be open to purchasing other defense systems from its allies.

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

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