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NATO, Russia to Hold Rare Joint Meeting10/20 06:07

    BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO says its ambassadors will hold talks with Russia's 
envoy next week in a rare meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.

   NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's office said Friday that the 
meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels is scheduled for Oct. 26.

   Developments in Afghanistan, the situation in Ukraine and reducing the risks 
of clashes and accidents during military exercises or border surveillance are 
expected to be discussed.

   NATO-Russia Council agendas have been notoriously difficult to establish. 
One reason is Russian reluctance to talk about Ukraine. Russia seized Ukraine's 
Crimean peninsula in 2014.

   The talks come amid heightened tensions.

   NATO has stationed 4,000 troops in the Baltic countries and Poland in 
response to fears of Russian aggression. Moscow says the Western military 
alliance is closing in on its borders.


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