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 NATO and Russia have not changed positions on Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported on his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference.

Censor.NET reports citing the NATO press service.

"My meeting with Minister Lavrov was part of our political dialogue with Russia and we have met several times, including at the Munich Security Conference last year. We addressed a wide range of different issues, we of course discussed Ukraine and there are well known disagreements between NATO and Russia.

"I underlined the importance of the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements that NATO supports the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and I also underlined the importance for the OSCE monitors to have full access to be able to monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

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Robin Emmott from Reuters stressed that Russian position didn't change much and it seems like it's the same press conference as a year ago with the same kind of language, the same kind of message, the same kind of problems.

"I will say that there are well known positions from both NATO and Russia but I think it's useful to have dialogue also on issues where we have different views, like for instance Ukraine," Stoltenberg said commenting the issue.

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"So we are strengthening our political dialogue with Russia, on a wide range of issues, Ukraine, military transparency, Afghanistan and today we discussed Libya and Syria and we are also looking into how we can strengthen our military alliance of communications. So there is room for dialogue and for engagement with Russia even though we continue to suspend our practical cooperation," the NATO official summarized.

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