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Stoltenberg: ‘NATO Does Not Want New Cold War’ With Russia

© REUTERS / Francois LenoirNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks after a NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 2016.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks after a NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The North Atlantic Alliance does not want a new Cold War with Russia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Poland’s TVN television channel.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg - Sputnik International
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“We have been watching Russia intensively investing in its armed forces for quite some time now,” Stoltenberg said, adding that NATO was only responding to this and strengthening its defense, while trying to “avoid escalations” and promoting an open dialogue.

The NATO chief emphasized that the alliance saw no direct threat to its members.

“This is not the strategic partnership we tried to build after the end of the Cold War. It’s not a confrontation either, we don’t want a new Cold War,” Jens Stoltenberg noted.

Commenting on NATO’s desire to strengthen its eastern flank, he said that “we are sending a clear signal that NATO will defend its allies against any threats.”

“This is the main message from NATO and its biggest strength.”

He added that decisions on NATO’s presence on its eastern flank would be taken during the upcoming summit in Warsaw in July.

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