June 8, 2014

Russia Pushing East Europe into NATO's Arms

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

This isn't another Cold War. The United States and Russia aren't threatening each other with nuclear weapons, and that's a big difference. And the conflict is mostly local, confined to parts of the old Soviet Union that Putin wants to bring into his sphere of influence. But Obama's "Reassurance Initiative," despite its missing pieces, is a cautious first step toward a strategy to make sure Russia knows that NATO will keep its most basic commitment: the defense of its members.

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