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Putin Seen as Both Partner and Adversary as NATO Boosts East

  • Hollande says Russia is a partner as others demand security
  • NATO will inform Russia of outcome of Warsaw summit next week
President of France Francois Hollande arrives for the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 8, in Warsaw, Poland.

President of France Francois Hollande arrives for the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 8, in Warsaw, Poland.

Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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Russia shouldn’t be considered an adversary, but rather a “partner that can, at times, use force,” Francois Hollande said as he arrived at a summit of NATO leaders.

The French president’s remark not only summed up NATO’s complex relationship with its largest and most aggressive neighbor; it also revealed how its 28 leaders are struggling to come up with a unified message to send to Vladimir Putin more than two years after he snatched Crimea from Ukraine.