Ares & Athena – Issue 16 – NATO Today – Russian Challenges to NATO Northern and Eastern Borders

Russia has become central to NATO’s thinking. The statement following the 2018 Brussels summit noted that “Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals, challenge the Alliance and are undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules based order”. Over six paragraphs in the Summit Declaration, the Alliance noted its willingness to engage in “periodic, focused and meaningful dialogue” with Russia, but reaffirmed the decisions reached at the Wales and Warsaw summits and its shift towards an enhanced deterrence and defence posture in response to Russian activities that have resulted in a deteriorating and destabilised security environment.