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NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of measures to step up the defence of its eastern European allies in response to the Ukraine crisis, the alliance said on Thursday.

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Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe.

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory

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The Nato commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said several Nato member states had offered ground troops for deployment in eastern European member states and that he would be soon making recommendations on how they should be positioned.

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Spooked by Russia's actions against Ukraine and what the Kremlin may attempt in the future, European Union defense ministers agreed Tuesday to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

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A tough Western reaction might have stopped the Russian offensive after last weekend. Now it is far more dangerous.

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[Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki] Katainen expressed his opinion that Finland should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, when the time is right.

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A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region.

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"I see Ukraine and Crimea in a bigger context," Mr. [NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh] Rasmussen says. "I see this as an element in a pattern, and it's driven by President Putin's strong desire to restore Russian greatness

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I think an actual invasion would be a very critical matter and a source of great concern. But I think — I think it's a concern for the same reason that the invasion of Crimea or the seizure of Crimea is a concern.

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