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NATO eyes more Russia talks

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NATO officials plan to hold more talks with Russia after an alliance summit later this week, the alliance’s secretary-general said on Monday.

Leaders will meet in Warsaw on Friday and Saturday where they will endorse a plan to station as many as four thousand troops in Poland and the Baltic states.

The move is intended to deter and contain a resurgent Russia after Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.

Speaking in Brussels, Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would hold further talks with Russia shortly.

“We are working with Russia to hold another meeting of the (NATO-Russia) Council shortly after the summit, where transparency and risk reduction should be an important topic,” he said.

The NATO-Russia Council last met in April, but both sides admitted to “profound disagreements” over Ukraine and a number of other issues.

Relations between the alliance and Moscow have hit their lowest point since the Cold War after the Ukrainian crisis first erupted over two years ago.

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