Nato responds vigourously to Russian aggression - but is it the right approach?

(L-R) German Defence Minister (DM) von der Leyen, Nato Sec-Gen. Stoltenberg, DMs Eriksen Soreide, Norway, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Holland: Noble Jump (source: dpa)
(L-R) German Defence Minister (DM) von der Leyen, Nato Sec-Gen. Stoltenberg, DMs Eriksen Soreide, Norway, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Holland: Noble Jump (source: dpa)

It is a contrast of striking dimensions. August 1, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Accords, arguably one of the most important steps towards the creation of a new security order in Europe. Instead of celebration, however, the eve of that anniversary marked the conclusion of a set of large Nato military exercises held in Ukraine’s westernmost Lviv region. Russia was not pleased.

The Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident-2015 exercises lasted from July 20 until July 31, and involved about 2,000 servicemen from 18 countries. The manoeuvres demonstrate how profoundly the security situation in Europe has transformed, and how far we have come from the visions of Helsi...

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