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Stoltenberg dampens expectations of talks with Russia

Monday, 01/10/2022 12:09 PM from

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BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has dampened expectations for talks with Russia this week. “I do not think that we can expect that these meetings will solve all problems,” said the Norwegian on Monday in Brussels. Not all problems would be resolved by the end of the week. But he very much hoped that there was real will on both sides to participate in a process that could prevent a new armed conflict in Europe.

“We hope that we can agree on how to proceed, that we can agree on a series of meetings, that we can agree on the process,” Stoltenberg said before a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. He spoke of an “important week for European security”. In view of the recent tensions in the Ukraine conflict, talks between the USA and Russia have been underway in Geneva since Monday. A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is also scheduled for Wednesday – the first since July 2019.

Stoltenberg welcomed Russia’s participation in the meeting. The focus will be on European security issues, on transparency in connection with military activities and on arms control. NATO will listen to Russian concerns. “But any meaningful dialogue must also address our concerns about the Russian approach.” The decision on whether to accept Ukraine lies with the country itself and the 30 NATO countries. “Nobody else has the right to say anything about it.”

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