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We have just held an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, following the serious escalation of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. The meeting was held at Ukraine's request.

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It is becoming harder and harder to ignore Russia’s growing military intervention in Ukraine.

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Ukraine is, of course, the most pressing issue facing NATO as a whole today.

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NATO released new satellite images on Thursday, 28 August 2014, that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine.

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Russia has "well over 1,000 troops" operating inside Ukraine, Nato warned on Thursday, as Moscow faced an intensifying backlash over growing evidence of its direct military involvement in the former Soviet country's uprising in the east.

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From Thomas Escritt, Reuters:  The Netherlands will end its contribution to NATO's deployment of Patriot anti-ballistic missile systems in Turkey at the end of January, the government said on Monday.

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Australia's participation in Afghanistan under the NATO banner is viewed with tremendous pride by Australians and profound respect by NATO members whose forces fought alongside them.

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The last few months have made clear that NATO's core mutual-defense mission is more intensely relevant than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union 23 years ago.

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There is no need to pretend: Those members who have no NATO bases are simply a gray area of second-class membership. What has become clear is that not all NATO members are equal.

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Italy feels the heat from the Mediterranean, a conveyor belt for the growing insecurity in North Africa and the Middle East.

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