NATO talks slow on Ukraine, ad­vance on Baltic air safety

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BRUSSELS | NATO and Rus­sia re­main at log­ger­heads over Ukraine, the al­liance’s top of­fi­cial said Mon­day, but have dis­cussed a pro­posal to try to im­prove air safety over the Baltic Sea.

NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg said the 28-na­tion mil­i­tary al­liance and Rus­sia “have pro­found dis­agree­ments on the cri­sis” in Ukraine. He said NATO al­lies “rec­og­nize Rus­sia’s il­le­gal and il­le­git­i­mate an­nex­a­tion of Crimea.”

Mr. Stoltenberg’s re­marks came af­ter the NATO-Rus­sia Coun­cil, their main fo­rum for di­a­logue, met in Brussels Mon­day for more than three hours.

The meet­ing in­cluded talks on ways to avoid in­ci­dents and ac­ci­dents be­tween Rus­sian and NATO forces, par­tic­u­larly in the Baltic re­gion. Rus­sia has an­noyed NATO with snap war games or by buzzing the al­liance’s ships and air­craft with fighter jets, as well as what NATO sees as ag­gres­sive use of pro­pa­ganda.

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