Seventy years ago, after the experience of two world wars and centuries of conflict on the European continent, twelve countries came together to preserve peace and safeguard their freedom. Based on a shared commitment to each other, they signed the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949—establishing a binding covenant between North Americans and Europeans. Decades later, the defeat of European communism between 1989 and 1991 was a ringing validation of the faith that allies had placed in each other—as well as the aspirations of formerly captive peoples who desired to live free.
STUTTGART, Germany — A new NATO command focused on speeding up the movement of allied troops and tanks around Europe has reached “initial operating capability,” the alliance said.
By dismissing the possibility of sanctions against countries that adopted discriminatory measures against their Russian-speaking minorities, Putin essentially rejected aggressive foreign policy.