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NATO to Examine Full Spectrum Deterrence Against Russia By 2016

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertNATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015.
NATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015. - Sputnik International
NATO plans to turn to a deterrent strategy towards Russia, including mounting responses to conventional and non-conventional challenges from the country.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — NATO will focus on reviving a deterrent strategy towards Russia at the upcoming 2016 Summit in Warsaw, NATO Director of Policy Planning Fabrice Pothier said on Thursday.

"The bet is by Warsaw we will have the architecture of this full spectrum deterrence," Pothier said at an Atlantic Council conference on NATO’s future.

Since 2014, NATO has been increasingly focused on the perceived threat of Russia on its eastern flank. The previous 2014 Wales Summit focused on responding to the alleged Russian threat by mobilizing rapid reaction forces, increasing joint exercises and promoting increased defense spending among allied states.

The plan for the Warsaw Summit, scheduled for July 2016, will emphasize the need to "restore stability in Europe whilst managing competition with Russia," Pothier stated.

He noted that after the quieter decades following the Cold War, "deterrence is back in the conversation… in European capitals."

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To achieve a new balance with Russia, Pothier explained, NATO will "need to relearn, or restore a fuller deterrence on the European continent, which for many decades we had lowered."

Pothier stated that NATO's full spectrum deterrence would include mounting responses to conventional and non-conventional challenges from Russia. It will focus on countering Russian anti-access area-denial capabilities in the maritime domain, hybrid threats and cyber threats.

Since the March 2014 reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation, NATO has increased the number of military exercises, strengthened relationships with non-NATO partner countries on Russia's borders as well as deployed rotational troops to its eastern flank.

Russia has repeatedly warned that the increased NATO activity along its borders is provocative and poses a threat to regional stability.

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