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Is Vladimir Putin Nato’s salvation?

Thanks to the Russian president, the alliance is no longer in search of a cause

By Bronwen Maddox  

Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. © Pavel Golovkin/AP/Press Association Images

The most powerful impression I took from chairing the opening session of Chatham House’s Security and Defence Conference this week is that Russia’s President has injected a new sense of purpose into Nato. You might bleakly call Vladimir Putin “Nato’s salvation;” he has rescued the alliance from its drift and loss of confidence—and…

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