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    Russia-NATO Relations Reach a New Low (121)

    Russia and NATO succeeded to avoid deterioration of relations following the recent Alliance's summit in the Polish capital of Warsaw, German government's coordinator for Russia policy Gernot Erler told Sputnik in an interview.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — NATO Summit in Poland's capital was held on July 8-9 and focused on relations with Russia. During the summit the Alliance decided to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis with four battalions in Poland and in the Baltic nations.

    "There were major concerns that the relations [between Russia and NATO] would worsen after the NATO summit. I think that the Russian side has accepted the fact that the summit had some sort of a dual outcome," Erler said, explaining that on the one hand the Alliance had decided to enhance its presence in Poland and the Baltic states, but on the other it had "offered a hand" to Moscow.

    He added that Russia had seriously perceived the results of the summit.

    "As a whole, this dual nature of decisions has really been perceived by the Russian side seriously. That's why, from my point of view [we] succeeded to move away from the confrontation and even discuss  the de-escalation steps in technical issues," Erler said.

    Russia-NATO Relations Reach a New Low (121)


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