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A NATO miiltary exercise north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, June 16, 2016 (AP photo by Mindaugas Kulbis).

NATO’s Moves to Deter Russia Won’t End Georgia’s Membership Limbo

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The tenor of NATO’s summit in Warsaw late last week focused overwhelmingly on deterring Russia’s military adventurism. While it was a positive turn for members of the alliance’s eastern flank, such as Poland and the Baltic states, longstanding NATO aspirants like Georgia are unlikely to see any genuine relief from their extended membership limbo. This is largely a consequence of NATO’s increasingly fraught internal politics, but Tbilisi itself cannot escape some blame.

NATO’s shift from retrenchment and reassurance to deterrence in response to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe was evident in its plans, announced in Warsaw, to deploy four multinational battalions in Poland, Estonia, Lativia and Lithuania on a rotational basis. The deployment represents a kind of watershed moment for the alliance. Previous reassurance measures—such as multinational exercises, beefed-up air policing and joint naval cruises—were certainly launched with Russia in mind, but they were as much a signal of solidarity to vulnerable Eastern European capitals as a symbolic warning to Moscow. ...

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