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 Moscow should fully implement Minsk deal to restore relations with NATO, - Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says NATO will not return to previous relations with Russia until it fulfills the Minsk agreements in full.

Kerry said it at today's news conference in Brussels on the occasion of the first day of NATO foreign ministers meeting, Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State press service.

"NATO should be open to a political dialogue with Russia, but we refrain from a business as usual until Minsk commitments are fully implemented. That is critical. And make no mistake, we will not recognize the annexation and the occupation of Crimea," Kerry said.

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According to him, the foreign ministers are going to review their ongoing work to strengthen NATO's eastern flank and to deter aggression.

"A key aspect of our response to Russia's actions in Ukraine is to meet the Wales commitments on defense investments and to continue to strengthen our deterrence capabilities. That is why we are contributing $3.4 billion to the European Reassurance Initiative," Kerry stressed.

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He also noted that the United States also remains fully committed to NATO's open door policy.
 
 
 
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