NATO Finalises Military Build-up to Counter Russia

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 19, 2016 (AFP Photo/John Thys)

Bryan McManus – May 19, 2016

Brussels (AFP) – NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance’s biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the two-day meeting would address “all the important issues” to prepare for a “landmark” summit in Poland in July.

There, NATO leaders will formally endorse the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a “deter and dialogue” strategy, meant to reassure allies they will not be left in the lurch in any repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

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