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    The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stand together during the G-20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

    Tillerson's Decision to Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia 'Disturbing'

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    The announcement that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Russia next month instead of going to his first meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sends a disturbing message to US allies, Congressman Mike Quigley said in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Quigley noted that Tillerson affirmed the importance of NATO during his US Senate confirmation hearing, and he calls on the Secretary of State to rethink his decision.

    "Given Vladimir Putin’s open disdain for NATO, and President Trump’s vocal skepticism about this vital alliance, Secretary Tillerson’s decision to miss this meeting with our global partners sends a very disturbing message to the American people and our friends around the world,"

    On Monday, the State Department announced Tillerson would not attend the NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6.

    Congressman Mike Quigley from the US state of Illinois serves on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

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