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With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NATO readies for combat on its borders

By Steven Erlanger

17 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

NATO, an alliance that has for decades been characterized by "hibernation and self-doubt," has undergone a rapid transformation—with a new focus on deterring Russia "by denial." The NYT reports.

BRUSSELS — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the costliest conflict in Europe since World War II, has propelled NATO into a full-throttled effort to make itself again into the capable, war-fighting alliance it had been during the Cold War.

The shift is transformative for an alliance characterized for decades by hibernation and self-doubt. After the recent embrace of long-neutral Finland by the alliance, it also amounts to another significant unintended consequence for Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, of his war.

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