U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (right) welcomes NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the Pentagon on March 18.
The crisis in Ukraine and preparations for this September’s NATO summit in Wales were on the agenda, NATO said in a March 19 press release. Hagel hosted a working dinner attended by the secretary-general, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
They stressed the importance of a unified international response to Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and breach of international law, NATO said. They examined the implications of the crisis for the Wales summit and reviewed NATO’s agenda for the meeting of alliance foreign ministers in early April.