NATO is seeking a political dialogue with Russia, which would be based on “strength” and is looking forward to working together with US President Donald Trump’s administration on this matter, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

 

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“We don’t want confrontation [with Russia], we don’t want a new Cold War, so we are keeping the chance for political dialogue open with Russia,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels.

 

At the same time, he stressed that NATO supported the message of the new US administration that this dialogue should be “based on strength.”

 

“We agreed in Warsaw at our summit that we need strong defense but also political dialogue with Russia and I look forward to work together with the new president and his security team on how to implement … that message,” Stoltenberg said.