NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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NATO chose former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its next leader Friday, at a crucial time when the Western military alliance faces a resurgent Russia following the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.Stoltenberg will take over as secretary-general of the 28-nation group on Oct. 1, succeeding former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has led since 2009 . Stoltenberg, who served for nearly 10 years as Norway's prime minister before losing elections last September, was backed by the United States, NATO's dominant power, and Germany. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that he also backed Stoltenberg.
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