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    NATO's Approach to Russia Combines Deterrence With Dialogue - Stoltenberg

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    Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO combines deterrence with dialogue in its approach to Russia.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) NATO combines deterrence with dialogue in its approach to Russia, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

    "Our relationship with Russia will be one of the issues we will address at the foreign ministerial meeting, and what I will do is that I will report back, update the ministers on the outcome of the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council we just convened a couple of weeks ago," Stoltenberg told reporters.

    "And the reason why we'll do that is that is was actually the foreign ministers in the last meeting that decided that we should take initiative to convene the NATO-Russia Council, based on the idea that our approach to Russia is based on this dual track of strength, deterrence and dialogue," he added.

    The NATO chief stated that he would report to the ministers that while the council meeting did not help solve all problems between the alliance and Russia, it was nevertheless useful and included frank and open discussions on various issues.


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