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    NATO Buildup in East Europe to Dominate NATO-Russia Council Agenda

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    NATO leaders’ decision to boost military presence in Eastern Europe will dominate Wednesday’s NATO-Russia Council (NRC), the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Leaders of the 28 NATO nations agreed last week to deploy four multinational battalions to the countries bordering Russia on a rotational basis. Russia warned this would undermine security in the region.

    "The decision of the bloc’s July 8-9 summit in Warsaw to increase military presence in the ‘eastern flank’ and its consequences for European security will be the main topic on the agenda," Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

    Russia is also going to discuss a Finnish plan on enhancing air security in the Baltic airspace, as well as assess risks that the US missile shield pose to strategic stability in Europe, she added. The peace process in Ukraine, Afghanistan and regional terror threats will also be raised.

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