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NATO and Russia discuss security issues

NATO and Russia discuss security issues

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NATO and Russia have Monday a “candid” conversation about security issues, which once again came to the fore that both parties at things differently and look at.

The meeting of the ambassadors in Brussels is no sign of a return to normalisation of relations. That said NATO secretary-general Jens) after the end of the so-called NATO-Ruslandraad, which for the first time since July gathered. Without talking we can the mutual understanding does not improve, says the Norwegian.

An important topic of discussion was the prevention of incidents and misunderstandings. NATO countries expressed their concerns about the “destabilising” military verrassingsoefeningen of Russia and emphasised that transparency on this is essential. Both parties gave a briefing on recent exercises.

Also Afghanistan and the “record” of the violations of the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine were discussed in the 3.5 hour session. The shelling of observers and the presence of heavy weapons, give birth to the western alliance’s concerns. Russia was called “significant” influence with the rebels to ensure that the Minsk agreements be observed.

In particular Poland and the Baltic states see Russia as a threat. Moscow sees in its turn, it is precisely the arrival of 4000 NATO troops to those countries as a threat. But NATO is acting defensive and proportionate, and not looking for confrontation, set).

It was after the meetings in april and July of the third NATO-Ruslandraad since the military alliance to the political dialogue in 2014 postponed.

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