Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that helped send the country’s currency to an all-time low. It hasn’t discouraged foreign oil companies eyeing the country’s shale gas reserves.
NATO said it will recommit to defending frontline states in eastern Europe that have been unsettled by the seizure of Crimea as the alliance reported no signs of a Russian troop pullback from Ukraine’s borders.
Two Baltic leaders echoed calls from Poland and Estonia for a more aggressive U.S. stance toward Russia, as Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a two-day trip to countries on the front line of Ukrainian turmoil.
The annexation of Crimea by Russia pushed European Union plans to cut reliance on natural-gas imports from Russia’s OAO Gazprom to the forefront as the bloc held a first debate on 2030 energy and climate policies.