Ukraine Crisis Is “Game Changer” for NATO

The crisis in Ukraine is a geopolitical “game changer” for the NATO allies, who must strengthen their economic and military ties in the wake of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech at the Brussels Forum on March 21.

“The trans-Atlantic bond and NATO matter more for Europe than ever before,” he said.

The secretary-general set out three priorities that he called on the allies to address in the wake of the crisis: to reaffirm allied commitment to collective defense, to strengthen support to Ukraine and the wider region, “and to make clear that we can no longer do business as usual with Russia.”

Rasmussen said the September NATO Summit in Wales will be a key one for allies to ensure they have the full range of capabilities to deter and defend against any threat.

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