Munich Security Conference

Saudi Arabia "very optimistic" about cooperation with Trump

Saudi Arabia is "very optimistic" about its cooperation with the administration of US President Donald Trump, the Saudi foreign minister said Sunday at the Munich Security Conference.

Grabar-Kitarovic says Lavrov appreciates her sincerity about Russia's role in SE Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appreciates honesty and we have had a good, constructive relationship for years, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Saturday, two days after she said that Russia was interfering in the integration of Southeast European countries with Euro-Atlantic associations.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Pence reassures allies of Trump's NATO support, tough Russia stance

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure European allies on Saturday of his country's "unwavering" support of NATO, amid unease about President Donald Trump's unpredictable foreign policy stance, particularly towards Russia.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Russia shouldn't be seen as enemy, but one should defend intl. law

Russia should not be seen as an enemy but we must firmly defend the principles of territorial integrity and the rights of countries to decide on their own future, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Friday, after stating earlier that Russia was illegitimately opposing the integration of Southeast European countries into the European Union and NATO.

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, says Mattis at Munich talks

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said Friday, while also affirming US President Donald Trump's commitment to the military alliance for international allies.

World leaders await chance to gauge Trump foreign policy in Munich

World leaders and foreign and defence officials will get an opportunity to get a better handle on the foreign policy goals of US President Donald Trump on Friday as the Munich Security Conference enters its first day.

Russia doubts success of Syrian truce amid "intensified" air campaign

Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, said there was a "49-per-cent" chance that a temporary truce between regime forces and the Syrian opposition would succeed.

France unwilling to take on more refugees, prime minister says

France will not take in more than 30,000 refugees, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Merkel gets praise from Kerry for pro-refugee stance

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday commended Angela Merkel and other European leaders for their role in seeking to control the migration crisis, even as the German chancellor campaigned for her pro-refugee policies.

Contact group plans consultation on eastern Ukraine elections

Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France have agreed to work on the best way forward for local elections in eastern Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.