US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that the presence of Russian military personnel and its shelling in Ukraine`s territory was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in the region.
In a major departure from its long-standing policy of not exporting arms to a conflict region, Germany on Wednesday decided to supply weapons to Kurdish forces battling the "barbaric" IS militants in northern Iraq.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence over the pro-Russian separatists to achieve an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian passenger plane with 298 people on board was brought down by a missile.
Germany`s decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country was an inevitable response to fresh allegations of US spying on Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday.
German politicians reacted angrily on Wednesday to news of a suspected US spy in the defence ministry, which came days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker as a suspected CIA informant.