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 afternoon, 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 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 alsowill say NATO must focus on the long-term impact of Russia’s aggression on its own security.

President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russian officials Monday.

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