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    Russia's Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said that Russia and NATO agree that the military security in Europe has deteriorated, but view the causes of this trend differently.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Russia and NATO agree that the military security in Europe has deteriorated, but view the causes of this trend differently, Russia's Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday.

    The Russia-NATO Council held its first meeting in two years at the level of permanent envoys in Brussels earlier on Wednesday.

    "Two conclusions can be made from what we heard at the Council meeting: on the one hand all members of the Council agree that the security situation has noticeably deteriorated, and the military risks have grown," Grushko told reporters in Brussels.

    "On the other hand, it is obvious that Russia and NATO see differently the causes of such deterioration and ways of reducing the threats," Grusko stressed.

    The diplomat added that Russia considers NATO's drive to deter Russia in light of the Ukrainian crisis and increased military activity near Russian borders as main causes of deterioration of European security.


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