Monday, August 17, 1998 Published at 01:45 GMT 02:45 UK
Nato sends Serbs mixed message
Nato exercises: seeking to promote regional stability
More than 1,700 troops and 50 aircraft are due to take part in a series of Nato manoeuvres in Albania starting on Monday.
Eleven Nato states and 15 other countries will join in peace-keeping exercises and air-strike rehearsals.
The exercises coincide with more battlefield successes for the Serbian forces fighting ethnic Albanian separatists in the neighbouring Serb province of Kosovo.
However, the operation cannot disguise the alliance's continuing dilemma over its Kosovo policy.
An air-power demonstration in May is credited with stopping a Serb offensive against the ethnic-Albanian rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
But more recently, the Serbs have launched further powerful attacks without Nato threats of intervention.
Nato has been unable to get authorisation for air strikes from the United Nations because of Russian opposition.
There have also been hesitations about backing the KLA, which wants full independence for Kosovo - something Nato opposes.
Our correspondent says this means these exercises - originally intended to show Nato's power - now also reveal its limitations.