A Risky Move in Brussels

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In the last two years, NATO’s relations with Russia have collapsed to their post-Cold War nadir. Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, invasion of Eastern Ukraine, multiple aerial incursions into NATO territory, belligerent military exercises along NATO’s borders, and cavalier talk about nuclear weapons have demonstrated the Kremlin’s deep hostility and willingness to threaten Europe’s hard-won post-Cold War security. 

In these circumstances, the decision to convene a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels on April 20 has been met with an unusual amount of controversy – and could prove to be a mistake.

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