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On June 3, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the European Reassurance Initiative, ERI, a key element of his Administration's strategy to counter Moscow's provocative military actions, including Russia' invasion of Ukraine, launched just three months earlier.

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Octavian Manea: In a Europe where the use of limited war becomes more and more a tool of choice, are the decisions taken in Wales – like the creation of super-rapid reaction force – appropriate to reassure the Eastern Flank?

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At the end of the Cold War, Swedish submarine hunters commanded an arsenal featuring depth charges, torpedoes, and anti-submarine-warfare grenades, and surface submarine hunters were aided by a large number of helicopters, which easily spot movements in the water.

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What must NATO do to counter President Putin?

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Russia's recent use of nuclear rhetoric, exercises and operations are deeply troubling.

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Russia would be able to occupy the Baltic countries in two days, a period during which NATO would not be capable of reacting adequately, Czech general Petr Pavel

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President Barack Obama:  this is a challenging and important time for NATO, and we are very lucky to have General Secretary Stoltenberg at the helm during this time.

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In a move that is certain to further irritate Moscow, Finland's new center-right coalition has included the option of applying for NATO membership "at any time" in its government formation Joint Policy Position statement.

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The West seems to have forgotten, though, that it did not come to be the architect of the global system in the 1940s and 1950s by avoiding risk and relying on conventional approaches.

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