14:41 Jul. 7, 2016
Chancellor addreses parliament ahead of NATO summit in Poland
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russia has "deeply unsettled" countries in eastern Europe, underscoring the need to strengthen NATO's presence in the region.
Addressing parliament in Berlin a day before she'll join fellow leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries in Warsaw, Merkel defended the alliance's decision to deploy four battalions to rotate through the Baltic nations and Poland. At the same time, lasting security in Europe is only possible in cooperation with Russia and NATO still has an "outstretched hand" for dialogue, she said.
"Russia's actions in the Ukraine crisis have deeply shaken our eastern allies," Merkel said in her speech on Thursday. "That has deeply unsettled our alliance partners. They therefore require the unequivocal reassurance by the alliance."