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Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

A series of military confrontations and growing tensions between Western Europe and Russia show how ill-prepared European countries are after years of cutbacks.

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The Swedish corvette HMS Visby is engaged in a military operation on the fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, Mysingen Bay, Sweden, on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities say they have proof it was a foreign sub but don't know the nationality. Fredrik Sandberg/EPA/Landov hide caption

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