Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NATO - Russian Meeting Ends With No Breakthroughs

Washington Post: Rare NATO-Russia meeting brings no breakthroughs on contentious issues

BRUSSELS — NATO allies met with Russian officials on Wednesday to ease tensions over Western plans to deploy thousands of troops to the alliance’s eastern flank, but hours of contentious talks yielded few breakthroughs.

The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council was only the second such conclave since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimeaplunged relations to Cold War lows. It also came just days after a landmark NATO summit in Warsaw set out plans for open-ended deployments to Eastern Europe as a bulwark against Moscow’s forces.

The plans to deploy about 4,000 NATO troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland come amid fears in those nations that they could be next after Russia intervened in Ukraine. Russia has reacted to the NATO plans with fury, saying they create a security threat on its borders.

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WNU Editor: There was no common-ground on issues like Ukraine or on the bigger issue of an arms buildup in Europe. I would have to label these talks as a bust.

More News On Today's NATO - Russian Meeting

NATO, Russia Remain at Loggerheads Over Ukraine -- AP
NATO says 'not a meeting of minds' in talks with Russia on Ukraine -- Digital Journal
Russian, French, German leaders discuss Russia-NATO relations over phone -- Xinhua
NATO and Russia's thorny relations -- AFP
NATO faces up to Russian challenge -- CNN

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