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    Brussels intends to hold a NATO-Russia Council meeting in the coming weeks, but the meeting could be put off if issues that raise concerns in Russia are not included in the agenda, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Issues relating to air traffic safety in the Baltic region will be brought up at the meeting, Brussels told Izvestia in a statement, also stressing that the NATO-Russia dialogue "must me broader" than that.

    Meanwhile a Russian diplomatic source told the newspaper that the NATO-Russia Council meeting will not be held unless issues, such as the build-up of NATO forces along Russia’s borders, are put on the agenda.

    The NATO-Russia Council last convened in the Belgian capital of Brussels on July 13. The agenda of the meeting included the crisis in Ukraine, mutual transparency, risk reduction and the outcome of the NATO summit in Warsaw held just days before.

    Russia proposed in July to ensure air safety in the Baltic region through various means, including flights with transponders turned on. This proposal was welcomed by NATO.


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