NATO Divided on Further Steps Toward Russia - Reports

© AP Photo / Michael KappelerFrom left, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a group photo during an extraordinary NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, March 24, 2022.
From left, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a group photo during an extraordinary NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, March 24, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.04.2022
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - There are differences among the NATO member states on how to further develop relations with Russia amid the military operation in Ukraine, media reported.
Several eastern European countries, such as Poland and the Baltic nations, seek a total break with Moscow to bring the latter to knees, The New York Times reported, citing officials.
At the same time, other countries, such as France, Germany and Turkey, believe that Russia could not be easily subdued and want to keep contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 to support the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and put an end to war crimes committed by Ukrainian troops against civilians during an eight-year offensive against Donbas. The Western countries have strongly condemned the Russian operation in Ukraine and slapped unprecedented sanctions on Moscow.
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