Stoltenberg promised not to let Russia create “second-rate” NATO members

& laquo ; We & nbsp; not & nbsp; may find ourselves in & nbsp; a situation where & nbsp; we have second-rate NATO members, which NATO as an alliance is not & nbsp; allowed to defend & nbsp;, & nbsp; & mdash; said Stoltenberg (quoted by & nbsp; Reuters).

On January 12 & nbsp; in Brussels, a meeting of the Russia Council & nbsp; & mdash; NATO, it will be the first in 2.5 years. The & nbsp; talks will discuss the situation in & nbsp; Ukraine and & nbsp; European security, as well as & nbsp; and & nbsp; problems of military action, mutual transparency and & nbsp; risk reduction, '' Stoltenberg reported. Russia at the & nbsp; meeting will be represented by the Deputy Foreign and Defense Ministers.

Before the Council meeting there, in & nbsp; Brussels, there will be a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO member states. Its & nbsp; participants will discuss “ the concentration of Russian troops near Ukraine, and & nbsp; also a wide range of European security issues. ''



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