August 22, 2014

NATO's Second-Class Members

Slawomir Sierakowski, New York Times

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During her recent visit to Latvia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany assured the Baltic states of German and NATO solidarity with them in the face of a potential armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. As President Obama did earlier here, Ms. Merkel assured her audience that NATO’s obligations did not exist “only on paper.” She is expected to repeat that promise on Saturday, when she is scheduled to appear in Kiev.Any assurance that something is indeed binding merely reflects the existence of doubts.

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TAGGED: NATO, Poland, Prussia, Ukraine, Angela Merkel, Baltic States

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