For NATO, key challenges range from Russia to missiles

July 8, 2016 8:36 AM

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Since its creation in 1949, NATO has seen its No. 1 responsibility as protecting its member states, which currently number 28, and their inhabitants, now nearly 1 billion.

The old Cold War foe, Russia, is back as a major alliance concern, as it rearms and conducts itself in what NATO deems unfriendly and provocative ways. The alliance accuses the Kremlin of backing a continuing armed insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and opposes the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by R...

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