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NATO’s July summit to focus on ‘aggressive’ Russia

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BERLIN (Reuters) – NATO must improve its defensive capabilities and willingness to act in the wake of increasingly aggressive and unpredictable actions by Russia, the head of the transatlantic alliance said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he expected German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other NATO leaders to revamp their approach at the next NATO summit in July, given a risk that Russia could gradually give more weight to nuclear weapons in its doctrine, exercises and new military capabilities. The NATO leader last week accused Russia of trying to destabilise the West with new nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks and covert action, including the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury. Russia denies any involvement and says it is the US-led Atlantic alliance that is a risk to peace in Europe.

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