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Expectations abounded for the 2022 NATO Summit, and some were realized. Finland and Sweden cleared the Turkey hurdle for admittance into the alliance. NATO recognized China as more than a "pacing challenge." At center stage was the Ukraine-Russia war, a vexing strategic problem for the European Union and NATO. Unlike last year, when the alliance missed the "gathering storm" posed by Russian forces on Ukraine's border, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took a firm leadership hold, opening the meeting with a sober assessment: "We meet in the midst of the most serious security crisis we have faced since the Second World War. And we see that Allies are able to demonstrate unity. That we see an Alliance which is responding in a strong and unified way to all the threats and the challenges we face. It will be a transformative Summit, because we will make historic decisions."
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