Difficulties between NATO and Russia will be difficult to overcome – Stoltenberg

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that during the talks in Brussels on January 12, there was a serious discussion about Ukraine.

This is reported by UA.

He noted that the Alliance rejected Russia’s demand for non-expansion, and also warned that a new aggression against Ukraine would cost Russia dearly.

“We have stated very clearly that the use of force against Ukraine would be a serious strategic mistake and this would be accompanied by a very high price for Russia” – Stoltenberg stressed.

He noted that the differences between NATO and Russia will be difficult to overcome. At the same time, according to Stoltenberg, the fact that the Alliance, together with its allies, sat down at the same negotiating table with the Russian Federation is a positive sign.

He also commented on Russia’s demands for non-NATO expansion, which it put forward in December.

“The Alliance reaffirmed NATO’s open door policy and the right for each nation to choose its own security paths. Therefore, we say that they should not disrupt our ability to protect everyone, including the presence of troops in the eastern part of the Alliance” – Stoltenberg added.

NATO Secretary General noted that during the talks it was agreed to continue such meetings with Russia in order to restore dialogue and resolve important issues.

To remind, Russia threatens Ukraine and calls into question the security architecture of Europe. The Russian Federation is building up its military power on the Ukrainian border and intends to start hostilities if its requirements are not met.

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