June 2, 2016 / 12:32 PM / in a year

NATO chief says not seeking confrontation with Russia

BERLIN (Reuters) - The NATO military alliance is not seeking confrontation with Russia by reinforcing its battalions in eastern Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin on Thursday.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg attends a news conference following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“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.”

Reporting by Noah Barkin and Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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