NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance. Members - including most of western Europe, the United States, Canada and Turkey - agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.
NATO is based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on April 4, 1949, four years after the end of WW II. It has 28 members, West Germany joined in 1955.The organization, which has its headquarters in Brussels, was drawn into the breakup of Yugoslavia, and conducted its first military interventions in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. DW's content tagged "NATO" appears on this page.
Not for the first time this month, Russia's Vladimir Putin has criticized a recent European resolution assigning some blame to the Soviet Union in the outbreak of World War II. This time, he focused on eastern Europe.
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