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Russia-NATO talks 'not easy' - Stoltenberg
NATO Won't Give Up Open Door Policy, Right to Station Troops in States Ringing Russia.
Russian and NATO officials held talks in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the security proposals put forward by the Russian Foreign Ministry in mid-December aimed at easing tensions between Moscow and the Western alliance. The discussions took place following talks in Geneva between Russian and US officials on Monday.
The Western bloc's member states 'will make every effort' to find a political way forward with Russia, but will not give up on its 'core principles', including its open door policy for membership, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
"Today Russia raised the proposal that they published in December aimed at addressing their security concerns; these include demands to stop admitting any new member to NATO and withdraw forces from eastern allies. Allies on their side reaffirmed NATO's open door policy and the right for each nation to choose its own security arrangements. Allies made clear that they will not renounce their ability to protect and defend each other, including with the presence of troops in the eastern part of the alliance," Stoltenberg said in a press conference Wednesday after the conclusion of a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council.
"There are significant differences between NATO allies and Russia on these issues, and the differences will not be easy to bridge. But it is a positive sign that all NATO allies and Russia sat down around the same table," Stoltenberg said.
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