In Wales, NATO Meeting Focuses on ISIS Threat and Russia’s ‘Illegal Annexation’

Leaders from 28 different countries are gathered in Wales for the first NATO meeting since 2012. Among the biggest issues to be tackled include Russia's intervention in Ukraine, and Islamic extremists, which President Obama vowed to face head on.
Leaders from 28 different countries are gathered in Wales for the first NATO meeting since 2012. Among the biggest issues to be tackled include Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and Islamic extremists, which President Obama vowed to face head on.

A luxury hotel and golf course in rural Wales grabbed the global spotlight Thursday as world leaders, including President Obama, gathered to take part in Britain’s first NATO summit in over two decades.

There is no shortage of pressing topics for the 28-nation military alliance to talk about — from the conflict in Ukraine, to the extreme threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, to how to retool NATO to be able to respond to an unprecedented number of international security threats on increasingly short notice.

Obama became the first serving president to visit Wales when he arrived in the town of Newport on Wednesday, amid an intense security operation that has seen summit organizers erect a huge 12-mile steel fence around the Celtic Manor hotel and golf course. The venue for the two-day conference is hosting around 60 heads of state and senior diplomats, as well as several thousand delegates.

NATO held its last major summit in 2012 in Chicago, but it last met in Britain in 1990 when Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister, President H.W. Bush held sway in Washington and the Cold War was drawing to a close.

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SOURCE: Kim Hjelmgaard
USA TODAY

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