Nato is in search of a mission

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was involved in discussions with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the Nato summit (photo: dpa)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was involved in discussions with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the Nato summit (photo: dpa)

Russia’s support for Ukrainian separatists fighting for independence in eastern Ukraine has raised concerns about European defence to a new level. Nato’s two-day summit saw greater unanimity and determination to place Europe’s defence back on the agenda. But the real work was achieved in a 30-minute side-meeting between key players.

THE TWO-DAY Nato summit in Wales agreed on a number of measures intended to reassure its Baltic members.

Its Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, after weeks of acrid rhetoric declared that the Nato-Russia Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security of 1997 has not been cancelled. This had stated that no state of enmity exis...

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