Pompeo arrived in Brussels just a day after being sworn in. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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Pompeo's aim was to ensure that NATO maintains a unified position of "no business as usual" with Russia until it implements an agreement to end violence in eastern Ukraine and halts destabilizing actions for which it is blamed elsewhere, according to a senior U.S. official.Those include the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain last month and support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's government that is accused of launching a chemical weapons attack that led three NATO members – Britain, France and the U.S. – to launch airstrikes on Syrian targets.That spending level, frequently incorrectly referred to by U.S. President Donald Trump as a contribution to NATO itself, is particularly important given the allies' need to combat increased Russian aggression, according to the official.The official said the U.S. delegation would make the point that NATO is more relevant today that at any point since the end of the Cold War.
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