NATO split on deploying more troops in Eastern Europe to deter Russia

Barack Obama has announced the deployment of 1,000 more US troops to Poland to bolster Nato’s eastern flank, as he said US-European solidarity would not be affected by Brexit. (The Guardian)

NATO military alliance wants a harder line on Moscow, but Berlin keeps sending mixed messages. “Anyone who believes that a symbolic tank parade on the Alliance’s Eastern frontier will create security is mistaken,” says German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (Politico Europe)

The French president, François Hollande, insisted that Russia should not be seen as a threat, but a partner. (Guardian)

“We need to dialogue with Russia and we are happy that many countries share our view,” says Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs. (FormicheNews)

“We hope common sense will prevail,” the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. “It is absurd to speak of a threat coming from Russia when dozens of people are being killed in the heart of Europe, while hundreds die in the Middle East every day,” he stressed. (Russia Today)