- reassurance package at the core of the Summit;
- policy towards Russia - deterring Moscow but showing a way out;
- policy towards Ukraine – solidarity with limits;
- budgets, capabilities and NATO burden-sharing.
Three keys conclusions drawn in the brief are that:
- success or failure of the Summit would be judged by the ability to deliver a unified response to the immediate challenge coming from Russia;
- avoiding extremes and striking an internal compromise on reassurance would signify that the Alliance is capable of navigating effectively through crises.
- NATO leaders should be aware of the much more multi-dimensional realities of the security environment today.
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