NATO Chief Says Not Seeking Confrontation With Russia

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, arrives for a press statement at the 2016 Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel on February 12, 2016 in Munich, Germany.
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The NATO military alliance is not seeking confrontation with Russia by reinforcing its battalions in eastern Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (pictured) said in Berlin on Thursday.

“We are strengthening our collective defense not to provoke a conflict but to prevent a conflict,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding “we are not in a new Cold War”.

“We do not want confrontation with Russia. On the contrary we strive for a more constructive relationship with Russia.”

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