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    NATO Grapples With Russian Moves in Ukraine

    NATO Grapples With Russian Moves in Ukrainei
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    Al Pessin
    June 04, 2014 4:47 PM
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia’s annexation of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine are the biggest threat to European security since the end of the Cold War, and he called on NATO allies to respond. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
    Al Pessin
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia’s annexation of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine are the biggest threat to European security since the end of the Cold War, and he called on NATO allies to respond.

    Russian-backed militias continue to fight government forces in eastern Ukraine, challenging the country’s new government and, according to Hagel, creating a challenge for the trans-Atlantic alliance.

    “We must continue to uphold the credibility of this alliance, and the credibility of the international order that European security has anchored for seven decades,” said Hagel.

    Speaking after a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Hagel said the need for a new security posture will require European allies to spend more, and they should act before the alliance summit in September.
     
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    “Members should arrive at the summit already [having] taken steps in the right direction,” said Hagel.

    The NATO meeting also dealt with the changing allied role in Afghanistan. The combat role will end this year, and the alliance is putting together a force to work with U.S. troops to continue supporting Afghan forces and fighting terrorism.

    But it’s not so easy for European countries to agree on defense issues, according to Raoul Ruparel of the Open Europe Institute.
     
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    “The Ukraine crisis has once again highlighted the divisions within Europe, particularly on foreign policy and particularly on any form of intervention in other countries,” said Ruparel.

    That has been NATO’s challenge since the fall of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago, and it’s something alliance leaders continue to grapple with after 10 years in Afghanistan, as new and unexpected threats continue to emerge.

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    by: neutral from: world
    June 05, 2014 6:48 AM
    I don't understand how the credibility of NATO is related to ukraine, a country which is not a nato member. As well, Ukraine was always in the sphere of influence of russia. Europeans and americans stepped it causing this war. Russians are defending their geopolitical influencein the area. It's time to stop demonizing russia andaccept that both parties are playing the same game here. Usa has invaded 68 countries since the second world War...

    by: olerilwe from: Klerksdorp(South Africa)
    June 05, 2014 1:26 AM
    Must the world brace itself for yet another global war because of some ignorant people trying to justify their cruelity?if Russia indeed wants to get involve in war why don't NATO give it to them once and for all?
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    by: Anonymous
    June 05, 2014 3:24 AM
    Are you go to war? Climb down from the tree.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 04, 2014 9:18 PM
    IF ONLY? -- If only the US, EU, and NATO countries had read "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu? -- They would know, that Putin read and studied the book, and is using the war tactics recommended from it? --

    "Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can win a hundred battles, (or Crimea), without losing a single man" -- (The Art of War?) -- "Act like you are withdrawing when getting ready to attack, and act like you are going to attack, when planning to withdraw" -- (The Art of War?) -- Act like you are weak when planning an attack, and act like you are stronger when planning a retreat" .. from the book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu... (NOW?) -- let somebody that's intelligent from the US, EU, or NATO, figure out what the Putin "Art of War" plan is? ..... REALLY?

    by: Joe Clark from: Ohio
    June 04, 2014 9:07 PM
    If Nato and and the allied free nations of Europe want to stop Russian incursions into the Ukraine it can best be addressed by stopping the purchase of natural gas from Gasprom and begin the process of purchasing natural gas from the United States. There are proven reserves of 273 billion cubic feet of natural gas in this country. Why not sell it to European countries. Natural gas sales are the life blood of the Russian economy. Remove this and the Russian economy is crippled beyond description!

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