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NATO: 'Wake-up Call' To New Cold War

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March 19, 2014 AT 11:08 AM
Russia's advances in Ukraine are the greatest threat to European security since the Cold War, NATO's chief said Wednesday, making clear that military alliance must refocus on risks closer to home after years of fighting in faraway war zones. "This is a wake-up call," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a Washington think tank. They include surveillance flights over Poland and Romania, and additional assets for an airspace protection mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Rasmussen also mentioned other NATO priorities, including the war in Afghanistan, peacekeeping in Kosovo and stopping piracy off Somalia.