Alexander Vershbow was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO during turbulent times for the alliance, from February 2012 to October 2016. DW-Reporter Zhanna Nemtsova asked him three questions.
A landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia is at risk of collapsing. A tit-for-tat escalation could endanger security, divide NATO and undermine arms control agreements.
EU leaders agreed to continue economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, the bloc's top politicians also discussed migration and security, revealing national differences.
NATO foreign ministers have promised to review the progress of would-be members ahead of next year's summit. Macedonia is keen to join some of its western Balkan neighbors in the military alliance, but challenges remain.
General Piotr Pytel has been accused of illegally striking a deal with Russian security services for the passage of Polish NATO troops back home from Afghanistan. Poland's opposition has decried the move as political.
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