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Nato and Russia agree to hold more high-level talks despite Ukraine tensions

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said any talks about Ukraine would not be easy.

Jens Stoltenberg

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg says the military organisation and Russia have agreed to try to schedule more meetings, despite tensions over Moscow’s military build-up near Ukraine.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Nato-Russia Council, Mr Stoltenberg said both parties had “expressed the need to dialogue and explore a schedule of future meetings”.

But the secretary-general added that any talks about Ukraine would not be easy.

“There are significant differences between Nato allies and Russia on this issue,” he told reporters.

He underlined that Ukraine has the right to decide its future security arrangements on its own, and that Nato would leave its door open to new members.

“No one else has anything to say, and of course Russia does not have a veto,” he said.

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