State Dept.: Russia-Ukraine 'Most Severe Challenge to European Security Since End of Cold War'
12:16 PM, Aug 28, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Less than a week before President Obama and other NATO leaders gather in Wales for a two day summit, NATO is accusing Russia having "well over 1,000 troops" in Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists continue to skirmish with Ukrainian forces. This latest development underlines a statement on the state department's blog Thursday, which refers to "Russia’s illegal aggression" as "the most severe challenge to European security since the end of the Cold War."
The blog post, entitled "NATO Wales Summit: A Family of Nations Committed to Peace and Freedom," cites four themes NATO will focus on at the upcoming gathering: Afghanistan, "challenges on NATO’s periphery," capabilities, and partnerships. The Russia-Ukraine conflict falls under the "challenges on NATO’s periphery" heading along with "Syria and Iraq, as well as persistent instability in North Africa, especially Libya." Here's the entire paragraph:
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