Russia’s Borders: Romania Strengthens Ties With NATO as Old Anxieties Return

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) is welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu at the Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidency headquarters in Bucharest, on May 24, 2013. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) is welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu at the Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidency headquarters in Bucharest, on May 24, 2013. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

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