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NATO chief: 'Broad agreement' to seek meeting with Russia

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg waits for the start of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg waits for the start of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, May 20, 2016. NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached a broad agreement to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO heads of state and government meet in Warsaw this July. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, May 20, 2016. NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached a broad agreement to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO heads of state and government meet in Warsaw this July. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, May 20, 2016. NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached a broad agreement to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO heads of state and government meet in Warsaw this July. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, May 20, 2016. NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached a broad agreement to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO heads of state and government meet in Warsaw this July. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

NATO's chief says the alliance has reached "broad agreement" to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO leaders meet in Warsaw this July.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that, at a dinner the previous evening, alliance foreign ministers agreed on a "dual track approach" toward Moscow: to keep reinforcing NATO defenses against what they see as a mounting Russian threat, but also to pursue dialogue with the Kremlin.

Stoltenberg said the ministers "all agreed in the current situation that we need a platform (like) the NATO-Russia Council to pursue transparent and predictability." The council, created in 2002 when relations between Russia and NATO were much better, met for the first time in nearly two years last month. That meeting failed to bridge differences between Russia and the U.S.-led alliance.