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    Russia and Belarus are concerned about NATO fueling confrontation and expanding toward the east, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday following talks with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei.

    MINSK (Sputnik) — Russia and Belarus are concerned about NATO fueling confrontation and expanding toward the east, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday following talks with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei.

    "In regard to European security, we share a concern regarding our colleagues from NATO countries trying to drag us into confrontation, moving their infrastructure to the east, close to our borders. Neither Russia nor Belarus favor such a confrontational line," Lavrov told reporters.

    Moreover, Belarus and Russia have agreed to jointly develop "adequate response measures" to the deployment of US missile defense systems in Europe, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said Monday.

    "We will cooperate on developing adequate response measures. This is a very sensitive topic for us. Western partners are now talking about deploying additional forces in a number of our neighboring countries" Makei told reporters following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, answering a question on US missile defense in Europe.

    Belarusian and Russian Foreign Ministers discussed on Monday issues concerning European security.


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