Defense secretary convenes meeting on Russia Ukraine

center_img And Carter will seek advice on whether the U.S. needs to expand military exercises or beef up assistance to other countries in the region who watched Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula last year and worry about the threat to their own homelands.A senior U.S. official traveling with Carter provided details about the summit on condition of anonymity but was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.This is the fourth summit Carter has convened since he took the top Pentagon post in February. And it closely mirrors one he called in Kuwait during his first week on the job to assess the U.S. strategy to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.The meeting comes as a major battle erupted in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, breaking the fragile, on-again, off-again cease fire agreement carved out in February. Both sides blamed the other for the latest spike in violence.The Obama administration’s Russia strategy has come under fire from critics who say that the slate of economic sanctions have failed to slow Moscow’s support for rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine. And there are also persistent questions from within the administration, including from Carter, who suggest the U.S. should consider providing lethal weapons to Ukraine to help the fight. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img

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