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    Moscow does not expect that NATO will make any new decisions on reinforcing the Alliance's military presence in Europe at the upcoming summit in Warsaw, Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO is expected to formally approve the deployment of four battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at its upcoming Warsaw summit due to take place on July 8-9.

    "As a matter of fact, all of the plans have been already announced. Let's wait for the Warsaw [summit]. Honestly, I do not think that any qualitatively different decisions will be made," Grushko told reporters.

    Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move. Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims and warned NATO that the military buildup on Russia’s borders is provocative and threatens the existing strategic balance of power.

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