NATO chief: ‘We don’t want a new Cold War’ with Russia

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg walks past Romania's President, Klaus Iohannis, right, during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. NATO's chief says the alliance does not want a "new Cold War" with Russia, despite members' concerns about Russian military buildup close to NATOs' border. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

PV International Desk : NATO’s chief said Monday the alliance does not want a “new Cold War” with Russia, despite members’ concerns about Russian military buildup close to NATOs’ border.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in the Romanian capital. “We are concerned by …. (Russia’s) lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises,” he said.
He mentioned a Russian-Belarus operation in September involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft held in Belarus, on NATO’s eastern edge. The drills include maneuvers designed to hunt down and destroy armed spies.
Still, Stoltenberg said: “Russia is our neighbor…. we don’t want to isolate Russia; we don’t want a new Cold War.”
He said the 29-member alliance had increased jets patrols in the Black Sea in “response to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.”
Romanian and Bulgarian pilots have conducted air exercises in the Black Sea in recent months, designed to reassure NATO members uneasy after Russia’s interventions in Ukraine.