Russian actions caused 'loss of trust' with NATO: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses lawmakers at the Bundestag in Berlin, on July 7, 2016German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Russia’s actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland. When NATO leaders meet in Warsaw, “it will be in a phase in which the security situation has significantly changed in Europe,” she said, also pointing at turmoil in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The US-led alliance plans to finalise its biggest revamp since the collapse of the Soviet Union to counter what it sees as a revanchist and unpredictable Russia since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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