NATO marks 75th anniversary with warnings of renewed Russian threat

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NATO foreign ministers have celebrated the alliance's 75th anniversary to warnings that Moscow was as great a threat as ever and concern over stalled US aid for Ukraine in its war against Russia.

"NATO's biggest battles to fight are still in the future, and we have to be ready for them," Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where a ceremony with birthday cake and marching bands could not mask the somber mood.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who met his NATO counterparts there, urged the 32 member states to provide his country with new additional air defense systems, especially US-made Patriot missiles.

"I didn't want to spoil the birthday party for NATO, but I felt compelled to deliver a very sobering message on behalf of Ukrainians about the state of Russian air attacks on my country," he...

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