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    NATO Chief Says Discussed Military Drills, Further Contacts With Russia's Lavrov

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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he discussed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the alliance’s upcoming Trident Juncture 2018 drills at a Tuesday meeting on the UN General Assembly sidelines.

    Earlier, Stoltenberg said that they also discussed Poland’s plans to host a US military base on its territory.

    "NATO and Russia have serious disagreements on a number of issues, which make our dialogue even more important. Today, we discussed military posture and exercises, including Russia´s recent exercise Vostok as well as NATO´s upcoming exercise Trident Juncture,” Stoltenberg said, as quoted by his press service's statement.

    According to the statement, Stoltenberg also "raised NATO´s concerns about Russia´s ongoing aggressive actions in Ukraine” and expressed the alliance’s solidarity with the United Kingdom following the Salisbury poisoning incident.

    The NATO chief stressed that they had also "agreed to continue [their] contacts."

    Trident Juncture 2018 drills will be held in Norway between October 25 and November 7, with some 40,000 troops from 31 countries participating in the event.

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