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Russia wants NATO to clarify plans in eastern Europe

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Russia wants NATO to clarify plans in eastern Europe


Russia has called on NATO to explain its expanding military activities in eastern Europe.

It comes after NATO military chiefs expressed concern that Russian forces on the Ukrainian border could pose a threat to eastern and southern Ukraine.

Speaking after meeting with Kazakh leaders, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “As for NATO’s plans to increase its presence in the territories of its members in Eastern European states, our stand is that Russian-NATO relations are also regulated by certain rules. According to these, there must be no additional constant military presence on Eastern European territory.”

Lavrov went on to say that Russia had the right to move troops within its territory and that its forces will return to base after their exercises end.

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