Stoltenberg: NATO open for dialogue with Russia, does not want new Cold War

The North Atlantic Alliance is open for a dialogue with Russia

The North Atlantic Alliance is open for a dialogue with Russia, does not want a confrontation with this country and a new Cold War, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Given all its might, NATO was also ready for a dialogue, NATO did not seek a confrontation, did not want a new Cold War, he said in an address to the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Feb. 23.

He said that there was no contradiction between the defense and the dialogue. On the contrary, a strong defense provides a basis for the political dialogue, he said.

NATO continued seeking more constructive relations and cooperation with Russia, the NATO secretary general said, noting that the Alliance wanted a dialogue, because the dialogue heightened the predictability and transparency. The dialogue lowered the risk of incidents or accidents, and if such took place, it provided an opportunity to avoid escalation, the NATO chief said.

He also said that the downing of the Russian aircraft over Turkey underlined the importance and urgency of this.

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