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 Russia's presence in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea are serious issues to discuss, - NATO Secretary General

Disagreement with violation of international law, as well as growing tensions only add new arguments to the dialogue.

As reported by Censor.NET, it was announced by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Wall Street Journal.

He says that Russia's presence in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea are rather serious. "We disagree, but that is one of the reasons we should meet. Especially when tensions are increasing, especially when we have more military activity. Or when we disagree on Georgia. It just adds reasons or arguments for the dialogue," he said.

According to him, it is wrong to think talk is some kind of weakness.

"The whole idea that to talk is some kind of concession or to talk is some kind of weakness is wrong," Stoltenberg said.

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As reported earlier, he said that NATO does not intend to abandon plans to increase its collective defense.

"Strong defense is the basis for political engagement," Stoltenberg said, adding that he saw no contradiction between the military build-up and talks.

"The military forces we have in Europe are unused but they are very useful because they provide deterrence," the NATO Secretary General stated.
 
 
 
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