Nato at a disadvantage as Ukraine tensions rise

Opinion: ‘In the the west we are playing football. The Russians are playing chess’

‘While condemning Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and the activities of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at pains to reassure the Baltic and east European members of Nato.’ EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

‘While condemning Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and the activities of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at pains to reassure the Baltic and east European members of Nato.’ EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

As the situation in eastern Ukraine further deteriorates, Nato headquarters in Brussels has become a hive of activity, with members of the western military alliance trying to formulate an effective, multifaceted, response to recent Russian activity.

In the past week the Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has used press conferences at the Kiev Security Forum and in Sofia to outline Nato’s response. While condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the activities of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, he has been at pains to reassure the Baltic and east European members of Nato.

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