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NATO Approves Eastern European Force

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Posted on Sep 5, 2014

    President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Friday. AP/Charles Dharapak

NATO approved plans for a 4,000 person rapid response force based in Eastern Europe and aimed at reassuring members near the Russian border that any military action against member countries would be regarded as a threat to all of the organization’s constituents.

The New York Times reported Friday:

The NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the force, a “spearhead” for a larger reaction force, would send a clear message to potential aggressors, namely Russia, and represent “a continuous presence.”

“Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance,” he declared at the close of the two-day NATO summit in southern Wales.

... Ukraine remained the most important issue for the alliance, even as a cease-fire was announced at peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, with Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian rebels. The durability of that cease-fire remained unclear.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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