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Live Blog: NATO's Warsaw Summit

Key Points

-- U.S. President Barack Obama said there can be “no business as usual” with Russia until it “fully implements” the agreement aimed at ending the war between Kyiv’s forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

-- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to halt its "political, military and financial support for separatists" battling Ukrainian forces in the east of the country as the alliance reaffirmed its support for the Kyiv government.

-- NATO leaders agreed to continue training Afghan security forces into 2017, prolonging a support mission in a country that the alliance chief said "still faces serious instability and violence" a decade and a half after the Taliban was driven from power.

-- NATO leaders have endorsed a major new deployment of armed forces to Eastern Europe.

* NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Warsaw (GMT/UTC +2)

09:08 8.7.2016

Tensions are high as the NATO summit kicks off in Warsaw amid strained ties with Russia, Britain’s "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union, attacks by Islamic State (IS) extremists, and Europe's unprecedented refugee crisis. In a commentary published on the Financial Times website on July 8, U.S. President Barack Obama said the summit "may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war."

Meanwhile in Russia, the pro-Kremlin tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets issued a thinly veiled threat.

09:36 8.7.2016

Polish president Andrzej Duda gave an upbeat opening speech in which he called the Warsaw summit a "historic event during which the alliance will prove its strength, its unity, and its efficiency."

He called on NATO members to show a united front as they tackle the "significant challenges" facing the alliance and address "growing fears for the future of the world as we know it."

Duda added that NATO was happy to welcome Montenegro. He described Montenegro's inclusion as a “positive example for other nations that aspire” to join the alliance.

09:47 8.7.2016

09:55 8.7.2016

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Montenegro will be a member of NATO as soon as all 28 members ratify the accession protocol. He said the alliance was working with Georgia and Ukraine “as close partners.”

10:02 8.7.2016

10:05 8.7.2016

The BBC reports that hundreds of British troops will be sent to Poland and Estonia as part of NATO's response to potential threats from Russia on Europe's eastern border.

10:15 8.7.2016

10:40 8.7.2016

Stoltenberg: "Today, we will agree to enhance our forward presence in the east of the Alliance. In Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and here in Poland. We will deploy, by rotation, a robust, multinational battalion in each of the countries. Making clear that an attack against one Ally will be met by forces from across the Alliance."

A full transcript of his speech is available here.

11:00 8.7.2016

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is boosting its presence on Europe's eastern borders “in response to what Russia did in Ukraine.”

Speaking to journalists, he said Russia has shown it is “willing to use force against sovereign nations in Europe," and denounced Moscow's "illegal" annexation of Crimea.

NATO's response, he said, is “defensive, proportionate, and fully in line with our international commitments."

11:17 8.7.2016

Russia's state-run news agency Sputnik is stepping up its efforts to discredit NATO and the EU:

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