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NATO chief: Russian aggression is 'wake-up call'
NATO chief to call Moscow's advances the greatest threat to European security since Cold war
By LARA JAKES
Associated Press
2014-03-19 11:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- NATO's chief is calling Russia's advances in Ukraine the greatest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War.

In in a speech set for Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was expected to say that Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's strategic Crimea Peninsula is a wake-up call for international partners committed to a free and peaceful Europe.

An advance copy of Rasmussen's planned speech at the Brookings Institution think-tank was obtained by The Associated Press.

Rasmussen was expected to describe other NATO priorities -- including the war in Afghanistan, peacekeeping in Kosovo and stopping piracy off the coast of Somalia.

But he also will say NATO must focus on the long-term impact of Russia's aggression on its own security.

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