NATO OKs rapid-response force to counter RussiaUpdated: 2014-09-05 20:50:20 KST
Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans for a rapid response force in Eastern Europe that can quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.
For more, we turn to Sohn Jung-in at the News Center.
Jung-in, so this has been agreed on by members during the two-day summit?
Yes. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the members approved plans to post several thousands of troops in the region if an alliance country were to come under attack, as he declared the summit to a close.
The approval by the 28-nation alliance comes even as cease-fire talks are underway between Ukraine, Russia and separatist rebels in Minsk to end months of fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Rasmussen said the new high-readiness unit would send a clear message to potential aggressors.
He said the quick-response force would give NATO a "continuous presence" in Eastern Europe, with alliance countries contributing forces on a rotational basis.
Meanwhile, the threat posed by the Islamic State overshadowed some of the NATO summit's official agenda. Yet the leaders still spent a considerable amount of their time discussing the crisis in Ukraine.
I guess NATO knew Russia would never go away and so stayed intact. The Warsaw Pact is no more.
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