With little time to deploy promised troops to the Baltic States and Poland, and serious doubts over what do about the Russian threat in the so-called grey zone of Eastern Europe - Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova – now comes the hard part for NATO’s leaders.
Jens Stoltenberg
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