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Gates Urges Cautious NATO Stance on Russia After Georgia Conflict
By Thom Shanker, The New York Times

With NATO divided over how to respond to a newly assertive Russia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he would urge alliance ministers meeting here to adopt a cautious and deliberate approach that would reassure newer members along the Russian border without provoking hostilities.

Mr. Gates has said he does not anticipate any armed Russian incursions into the territory of NATO member countries, but said Moscow was more likely to pursue strategies of "pressure and intimidation," including restricting its supplies of oil and gas, on which Europe depends.

Mr. Gates made his comments as the Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, struck a conciliatory tone in Moscow, saying he hoped that Russia and the United States could find a way to improve relations.

by Magnifico on Fri Sep 19th, 2008 at 06:15:04 PM EST
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