Atlantic Ocean near Spain, Nov. 2, 2015: US Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft and a Sea King helicopter land aboard the Spanish assault ship Juan Carlos I during Trident Juncture, Nato’s largest military exercise in a decade (source: dpa)

Nato still needs an answer as Russia tests thresholds in east

Next year’s Nato summit in Warsaw will address a serious question: how should the alliance follow through on the measures initiated at Newport (September 4-5, 2014), which were its first response to serious changes in the security environment of Europe brought about by Russia? Despite differences of opinion among member states on the wisdom of moving some Nato troops to the east, indications are that the alliance will continue firming up its eastern flank.

To a degree, the outcome of the Warsaw summit will depend on the actions of Russia in Ukraine and Syria over the next six months, as well as on the level of unanimity among Nato members in assessing these actions.

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General Stanislaw Koziej
Eastern-flank Nato members argue that moving forces stationed deep within the alliance’s territory to positions in the border states could address the problem. Redeploying only a small number of troops would suffice
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