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NATO allies urge Russia to de-escalate near Ukraine's borders,- Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the NATO Secretary General, the Alliance is seriously concerned about the build-up of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine
19:52, 12 January 2022

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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NATO allies have once again called on Russia to de-escalate near the Ukrainian border. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a briefing following the Russia-NATO Council.

Stoltenberg noted that NATO objectively assesses the prospects of progress in negotiations with Russia.

"NATO allies have expressed serious concern about increasing Russian military power in and around Ukraine and called on Russia to immediately de-escalate the situation and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors," he said.

Related: NATO denies Russia's demand not to expand

As it was reported, the first round of talks between the United States and Russia ended in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted more than 7.5 hours. The meeting took place at the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the parties took a break several times.

Besides, Russia assured the US at talks in Geneva that it has no plans to invade Ukraine and sees no grounds for escalation.

After that, US Deputy State Secretary Wendy Sherman stated that the US will not allow anyone to close the door on any country to NATO.

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