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NATO agrees to reinforce Poland, Baltic states against Russia

Friday, July 08, 2016 - 01:12

During the first day of their summit, NATO leaders move to reassure members of the former Soviet bloc against possible threats from Russia. Diane Hodges reports.

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NATO leaders agreed on Friday to deploy military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland for the first time, and increase air and sea patrols to reassure allies who were once part of the Soviet bloc. However, the group expressed their willingness to pursue a dialogue with Moscow despite, its 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for Russian-speaking rebels in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine is not a member of NATO but its president will meet allied leaders on Saturday, where he may face pressure to fulfill Kiev's part of the agreement by accepting more de-centralization and local elections in the rebel-held eastern Donbass region. Russian warplanes have been buzzing Western civilian and military aircraft and switching off their identification signals as part of an apparent campaign of intimidation in response to Western economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine. Earlier in the day, NATO and the EU signed an agreement to increase their military and security cooperation, and said they stand united in their positions on Russia.

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NATO agrees to reinforce Poland, Baltic states against Russia

Friday, July 08, 2016 - 01:12