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Stoltenberg: NATO does not want to isolate Russia – it is our neighbor

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe Kremlin “builds up its arms”, “supports the brutal regime in Syria”, “carries out cyberattacks” and “interferes in elections,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Die Welt. At the same time, the alliance does not want to isolate “its neighbor” and strives for a dialogue with Russia, despite its complexity, the politician stressed.

“To improve relations between the West and Russia, Russia must respect international law,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Die Welt on the eve of the summit of the foreign ministers of the alliance members in Brussels. “Russia significantly increases its armament, supports the brutal regime in Syria, carries out cyber attacks and interferes in elections,” the secretary general continued.

According to Stoltenberg, the dialogue with Russia is “complicated, but that’s why it’s important . ” “NATO does not want to isolate Russia. Russia is our neighbor, “the politician said, adding that Germany is ” a strong defender of a double approach to Moscow: strong defense and dialogue.”

The Secretary General also confirmed that NATO plans to expand the training of security forces in Iraq: “To increase the capabilities of Iraqis in the fight against terrorism, NATO plans to strengthen our education there and establish a training mission at our summit and July.” Despite the fact that the IG * almost completely lost territory in Iraq and millions of people were freed from oppression, the threat persists, and “you can not just turn your back on,” the politician summed up.