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NATO secretary general: Russia perpetuating 'obscure clichés of the Cold War'

Russia's recent rhetoric regarding Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday, "draws on obscure clichés of the Cold War" and Russian behavior belongs to another century.

By JC Finley
NATO secretary general: Russia perpetuating 'obscure clichés of the Cold War'
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russian rhetoric and behavior regarding Ukraine are a throwback to the Cold War . (UPI/Kevin Dietsch) | License Photo

WARSAW, Poland, May 7 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen chastised Russia for its continued aggression toward Ukraine, labeling Russian rhetoric as drawing from Cold War "clichés."

Speaking in Warsaw, where Rasmussen was meeting with Polish officials regarding the upcoming NATO Summit in September, the secretary general defended his call to arms in the name of collective defense, stating that "NATO's greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our populations and territory."

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NATO defensive actions in response to the crisis in Ukraine are intended, he said, to send "an unmistakable message to Russia: your behaviour does not belong in the 21st century and your rhetoric draws on obscure clichés of the Cold War."

In April, Rasmussen announced NATO was undertaking enhanced collective defense measures in response to Russian aggression. The measures included increased Air Policing in the Baltic States and the deployment of Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft surveillance flights over Poland and Romania.

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