Despite failing to resolve differences between Washington and Berlin, the US president said that he and the German chancellor are united in their conviction that "Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon" against its neighbours.
US-Russia missile sabre-rattling in the Arctic sends threatening political messages but the bigger threat is its lasting environmental damage.
Donald Trump openly chastised America's closest allies in the 2017 NATO summit, asking them to "contribute their fair share" and his pointman in Berlin has reinforced the divisive narrative and now there are calls for him to be sent back home.
Ambassadors of EU countries meeting in Brussels gave the go-ahead to a tweaked proposal that sets the scene for negotiations on extending the bloc's rules regulating gas deliveries to incoming pipelines, like Nord Stream 2.
US Ambassador Richard Grenell openly threatened German companies with penalties for building gas pipeline Nord Stream II and wants Qatar to challenge Russian dominance in gas exports to Europe.
Dubbed Trident Juncture, the exercise is by far the biggest in Norway since the early 1980s, a sign that the alliance wants to sharpen its defences after years of cost cuts and far-flung combat missions.
NATO members agreed in 2014 to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defence by 2024. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "We should first get to two percent," adding that eight of the 29 allies were meeting that target.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies did not state where the threat comes from, but Sweden has been on high alert since Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014.
The war games, known as "Zapad", or "West", involvew thousands of Russian troops in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
US President Donald Trump says he hopes a government shutdown will not be necessary over his demand that Congress fund his proposed wall along the border with Mexico.
In the public spotlight for building his own submarine, Peter Madsen has drawn the attention of police over the disappearance of his only passenger - a journalist. And to top it, his submarine sank.
Russians are heading to polling stations to elect representatives to the State Duma, though the prospect of significant change is small with almost all political parties supportive of the country's President Vladimir Putin.
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