NATO Chief: Russian Aggression A Cold War ‘Wake-Up Call’

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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. (Photo credit should read KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

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. (Photo credit should read KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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