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‘Russia not to be isolated over Crimea’ – NATO head

As NATO gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a two-day summit, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that although some differences exist between NATO and Russia, it must not lead to Russia’s isolation, as some in the alliance have called for.

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Stoltenberg went on to say:

“We do not recognize the annexation of Crimea, we do not recognize [Russian] propaganda, actions in cyberspace, interference in elections, we saw the incident in Salisbury. But I do not consider these to be an argument for Russia’s isolation.”

Via Sputnik:

Previously, the secretary-general has repeatedly stressed that even in case there is no improvement in NATO-Russia relations, contacts between the parties are necessary to prevent further escalation of relations.

Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in an interview with Il Giornale newspaper criticized NATO for moving up its bases close to the Russian border.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been further boosting its military presence in Europe since 2014, while using the Ukrainian crisis as a pretext for the deployment of additional hardware near Russia’s borders. Russia has on numerous occasions expressed serious concern about NATO’s military buildup along its western frontiers. During a meeting of the country’s Security Council in April, President Vladimir Putin said that NATO was trying to provoke new conflicts and stoke up old ones in the former Soviet republics.

Meanwhile, a tense moment occurred between US President Donald Trump and Stoltenberg arguing over the contradiction that NATO members continue to trade with Russia while continuously funding an anti-Russian military alliance:

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Gio Con
Gio Con
September 5, 2018

The Duran may applaud Trump for standing up to the Europeans, but in fact, his stance only makes the world more dangerous. By focusing on Germany, Trump is showing his true colors — he is merely acting on behalf of the US energy industry who wants the very contracts the Russians have already negotiated with Germany. The Russian-German trade alliance is a vital step towards peace. The EU needs Russia, so its anti-Russia sanctions are indeed hypocritical. Using Crimea as an excuse to keep the sanctions in place is just another Western lie.

Gonzogal
Gonzogal
September 5, 2018

What a two faced idiot…just last month “the EU decided to extend its anti-Russian sanctions for another year. The sanctions are now set to run until June 23, 2019, and apply to EU citizens and companies. The measures ban the import of products from Crimea and Sevastopol, halt any European investment or real estate purchases and prevent cruise ships from stopping there. The sanctions also ban the export of some goods and technologies that could be used for transport, telecommunications or in the energy sector – particularly oil, gas or mineral exploration.” https://www.rt.com/politics/430104-sanctions-only-unite-crimeans/

Gonzogal
Gonzogal
September 5, 2018

“a tense moment occurred between US President Donald Trump and Stoltenberg arguing over the contradiction that NATO members continue to trade with Russia while continuously funding an anti-Russian military alliance”

I am surprised the NATO members didnt throw it in Trumps face that the US continues to invest in Russia AND still buys rocket engines from Russia….Shows MASSIVE US Hypocrisy
.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-17/despite-new-tough-sanctions-us-takes-delivery-russian-rocket-engines
https://sputniknews.com/business/201804201063738918-usa-russia-investment-growing-sanctions/

Guy
Guy
September 5, 2018

Such good discussions today ! Good comments , all.

Guy
Guy
September 5, 2018

“Russia is our neighbor, Russia will not go anywhere, and we need a dialogue with Russia,”
Is this the same NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that ,not so long ago literally wanted a war with Russia . I wonder what has changed so much lately , that we start to hear such common sense from him .Not totally but somewhat .Any reasonable discussion is good .

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

What argument did NATO use, when they invaded Kosovo? Self determination/will of the people. What argument did the US use when they declared independance from Great Britain, on 4 July 1776? Self determination/will of the people. What argument did BREXIT use, when they voted to leave the EU? Self determination/will of the people What argument did Scotland use, when they wanted to leave the UK? Self determination/will of the people. What argument did the Falklands use, when they decided to stay aligned to the UK? Self determination/will of the people. What argument did Crimea use, when they voted to return… Read more »

thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
September 5, 2018

Perhaps he recognizes that NATO is no longer a threat to anyone. Europe needs trade with Russia despite US intimidation on continuing sanctions.

Most important, You can’t have a functioning economy without Russia’s oil and gas. A one trick pony like Norway is hanging by a thread. Oil and gas enables an economy’s diversification.

Imagine how many European bureaucrats are just now coming to that conclusion.

Of course an advantage lies in an exporter having a military no other nation wants to reckon with.

louis robert
louis robert
September 5, 2018

Disgusting how despicably low those courtiers will bow to their masters, even publicly. Just imagine the scene, in private!… I can’t stand such creatures. I just can’t… anymore than I can stand their unbearably arrogant, narcissistic masters.

Nicole Temple
Nicole Temple
September 5, 2018

As shown in this article, Europe has already put plans in place to massively expand its defensive shield:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/06/nato-expansionism-building-fortress.html

Thanks to American aggression towards Russia, Europe is being dragged along into an eventual fight with Russia.

Greece expels Russian diplomats, prompting similar retaliation from Moscow

Donald Trump continues to HAMMER away at NATO’s necessity