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 NATO's Stoltenberg to meet Lavrov in Munich, discuss Ukraine

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg intends to meet Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference in February.

Stoltenberg said at a press conference ahead of a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

"I will meet Foreign Minister Lavrov when I go to Munich. We have met before on the margins of the Munich Security conference and, I think, that provides a useful platform to continue dialogue with Russia," he said.

According to the NATO secretary-general, he expected to "discuss a wide range of issues, including the situation in Ukraine, of course, how we can avoid increased tensions, misunderstandings, how we can improve transparency, predictability."

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Stoltenberg stressed that he looked forward for the meeting "because NATO pursues a dual track towards Russia."

"We are increasing our presence in the eastern part of the lines to deliver the necessary credible deterrence, but at the same time, underlining the importance of keeping the chance for political dialog open, especially in difficult times as these," Stoltenberg elaborated, adding that NATO needed "political dialogue with Russia."

The Munich Security Conference will be held on Feb. 17-19. Over 500 politicians, businessmen, scientists, and human rights organizations representatives from all over the world are expected to take part in the conference. Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.


   
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