: Radio Poland: Warsaw NATO summit a demonstration of unity and clear signal for Russia

19:20 Jul. 10, 2016

Radio Poland: Warsaw NATO summit a demonstration of unity and clear signal for Russia

State leaders attend a working session at the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016 (AP Photo)

NATO assesses that Russia might be a threat against which the alliance should effectively protect itself - experts 

The NATO summit in Warsaw was a demonstration of the unity of the alliance and a clear signal to Russia, experts have said, though some believe strengthening the eastern flank with four multinational battalions is a largely symbolic move.

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Dr Marcin Zaborowski from the Center for European Policy Analysis pointed out that for the first time since 1989, NATO assessed that Russia might be a threat against which the alliance should effectively protect itself.

But he said that the decisions made during the summit do not represent a fundamental change to the strategic balance in the region.

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"It is disappointing that there will only be four battalions, and what is especially disappointing is that Poland managed to get only one battalion, which means the same number of forces as Estonia, which is several times smaller," said Zaborowski. Full story

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