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NATO Chief Speaks Against Conference With Russia on Spheres of Influence

© REUTERS / INTS KALNINSNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia November 29, 2021.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia November 29, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.12.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he does not back the idea of holding a conference with Russia on the spheres of influence.
In lieu of the conference, Stoltenberg spoke in favor of discussing with Moscow measures to strengthen trust, control armament, ensure transparency of drills, and ease the tensions, according to the newspaper.
In an interview with the French Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Stoltenberg said that the idea of holding a conference focusing on spheres of influence which would let powerful nations control what their neighbours can and cannot do, is a step back for the alliance. The official added that this direction would be completely wrong.
Russia has repeatedly said that the West is using allegations of "aggressive actions" as a pretext to deploy NATO's military equipment near Russian borders.
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