Russia’s support for Ukrainian separatists fighting for independence in eastern Ukraine has raised concerns about European defence to a new level. Nato’s two-day summit saw greater unanimity and determination to place Europe’s defence back on the agenda. But the real work was achieved in a 30-minute side-meeting between key players.

THE TWO-DAY Nato summit in Wales agreed on a number of measures intended to reassure its Baltic members.

Its Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, after weeks of acrid rhetoric declared that the Nato-Russia Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security of 1997 has not been cancelled. This had stated that no state of enmity exis...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
If there is a future for Nato it will flow from this kind of consensus-building side event. It was necessary to prepare for any post-Minsk developments. This will arguably be far more in demand if the ISIS threat spreads to Europe and Russia, which are both declared IS targets
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