Merkel is running for a fourth term in September national elections, with many Germans wary of military deployments given the country’s militaristic and nationalistic past.
While stressing that NATO remains important to him, Trump said it wasn’t fair that other NATO allies weren’t paying enough.
US president-elect Donald Trump suggested during the election that only allies paying their fair share might deserve protection from the United States.
The NATO-Russia Council, created in 2002 when relations between the former Cold War foes were much better, met for the first time in nearly two years last month.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance during the upcoming foreign ministerial in Brussels is expected to outline future support to Afghanistan.
“NATO continues to be the linchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and US security policy,” Obama said.
“Afghanistan is high on our agenda. Afghanistan is our biggest military operation ever,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters
The three identified suspects behind the twin assaults, which killed 31 and injured 300, have been linked to the Paris attacks last November, underscoring the threat European nations face from the jihadist group.
Medvedev said tensions between Russia and the West have sent the world into a new Cold War.
Syrian peace talks in Geneva earlier this week broke up acrimoniously as long-time Moscow ally President Bashar al-Assad launched a fresh offensive against rebel forces in Aleppo with massive Russian backing.
The announcement sets in motion an accession process that will continue over months before Montenegro formally becomes the 29th member of the alliance.
Turkey PM Davutoglu added that “we hope Russia will reconsider these measures in both our interests”, referring to the sanctions that Moscow imposed after the shooting down of the jet last week.
Obama began US bombing in Iraq and Syria, along with the deployment of military advisers to Iraq, more than a year ago.
Jens Stoltenberg said the Russians have concentrated military forces in Kaliningrad, the Black Sea and the eastern Mediterranean, where they are assisting beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Poroshenko, who on Tuesday chaired the security council with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in attendance, said he intends to change the decision against joining NATO.