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'Most important' Nato summit since Cold War gets underway

Published on Sep 4, 2014 9:25 PM

NEWPORT, Britain (AFP) - A Nato summit billed as the most important since the Cold War got underway Thursday with calls to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and confront Islamic State (ISIS) extremists.

The Ukraine crisis tops the agenda but the 28 leaders must also tackle new threats posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and oversee a problematic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"To the east, Russia is attacking Ukraine," Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said as he arrived for the two-day meeting held amid heavy security in Newport in Britain.

"To the south-east we see the rise of a terrorist organisation, the so-called Islamic State," Mr Rasmussen said, adding: "We will take important steps to counter these threats." US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned their allies not to shirk the challenge.

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