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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy - Washington Post

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes a private elevator to his palatial office on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where sightings of him are rare on the floors below. On many days, he blocks out several hours on his schedule as ...and more »

An Adequate NATO Maritime Posture: The Missing Element For Deterring Russia - CIMSEC

Since the Alliance Maritime Strategy (AMS) was published in 2011, the strategic context facing NATO has shifted. The drafters envisaged a world where the Alliance would continue to be an expeditionary one, employing its forces in counterterrorism ...and more »

Tillerson clashes with NATO allies on defense spending at Brussels meeting - Washington Post

BRUSSELS — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ratcheted up pressure on NATO allies Friday to increase their defense spending, despite pushback from Germany's top diplomat over President Trump's determination to make members of the Western military ...and more »

AP reporter disputes Washington Post's Tillerson eye-contact report - The Hill

A veteran State Department reporter is throwing cold water on a bombshell report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson instructed some staff members “not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.” The Washington Post's Thursday story ...and more »

Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers, discusses NATO-Russia Council - NATO HQ (press release)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the agenda of this week's meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in a press conference on Thursday (30 March 2017). On Friday, ministers will address topics including defence spending and the fight against ...and more »

Can Tillerson Ease NATO's Trump Fears in Brussels? - Daily Beast

BRUSSELS — You know those awkward large family dinners around the holidays, with the one loud, boorish relative that everyone dreads but is studiously polite to? In the picturesque cobblestone-lined streets of Brussels, that's what NATO officials are ...and more »

Secretary General: transatlantic bond is vital for Europe and North America - NATO HQ (press release)

NATO Foreign Ministers had talks on Friday (31 March 2017) about fairer burden sharing in the Alliance, NATO's response to terrorism and its united approach to Russia. After the meeting at NATO Headquarters, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ...and more »

Tillerson: US to maintain Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia until Crimea is returned - CNN

Washington (CNN) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that US sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow "reverses the actions" it has taken in Ukraine. The comments are notable given President Donald Trump's at-times reluctance ...and more »

Tillerson delivers NATO allies a familiar message: Pay up - OCRegister

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, right, shakes hands with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, center, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to take his seat during a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at NATO headquarters in ...and more »

Justin Trudeau stands by defence spending amid fresh calls for NATO to pony up more cash -

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down Friday in his defence of Canadian military spending levels, as the U.S. brought fresh pressure to bear on NATO allies to pony up. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used his first NATO summit in ...and more »