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NATO taps Turkey to counter Russian threat

Turkey recently hosted a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, who discussed efforts to transform the organization into a highly maneuverable body that can rapidly intervene in crises with the support of regional alliances.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference at the NATO Foreign Minister's Meeting in Antalya, Turkey, May 13, 2015. NATO and Ukraine voiced concern on Wednesday about Russian statements on the possible future stationing of nuclear weapons in Ukraine's Crimea region, which has been annexed by Moscow. REUTERS/Kaan Soyturk - RTX1CTH1

Turkey’s popular resort Antalya hosted a NATO meeting May 13-14, as 28 allied foreign ministers and senior officials from 50 countries got together in an important step toward revitalizing Turkey’s membership with NATO.

The meeting offered clues to NATO-Russia relations and the regional dynamics of the Middle East. Naturally, the agenda items of the Antalya meeting will mostly determine the agenda of 2016 NATO heads of state summit in Warsaw.

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