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'Russian Threat' on Hold as Battle With COVID-19 Sets New Priorities for NATO, West

As the world is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s alleged threat seems to be put on hold by NATO and the West and is no longer viewed as imminent, experts said, noting that the common fight against the virus may improve – at least at the time of the pandemic - ties between the sides.

The coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed over 60,000 lives and left over 1 million people infected across the globe in less than four months, has shown that the biggest menace to mankind is not some country but a tiny virus. Thus, Russia is now becoming less a "threat" for NATO and the Western world in the current security environment, according to Iztok Prezelj, the chair of Defence Studies and a member of Defence Research Centre at the University of Ljubljana.

"Security policy simply is about prioritization of threats and responses, it is impossible to focus on e.g. 5 threats at the same time", Prezelj said.

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