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NATO

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization: a political and military alliance of countries in Europe and North America established in Washington, D.C. (1949) for the purpose of collective defense against aggression, comprising Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia.
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Origin of NATO

N(orth) A(tlantic) T(reaty) O(rganization)
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NATO

Nato

/ (ˈneɪtəʊ) /

n acronym for
North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an international organization composed of the US, Canada, Britain, and a number of European countries: established by the North Atlantic Treaty (1949) for purposes of collective security. In 1994 it launched the Partnership for Peace initiative, in order to forge alliances with former Warsaw Pact countries; in 1997 a treaty of cooperation with Russia was signed and in 1999 Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic became full NATO members
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