NATO, Russian ambassadors meet to keep dialogue open

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Ambassadors from NATO nations are meeting with Russian envoys to explain decisions taken at the recent alliance summit and attempt to reduce tensions with Moscow.

The Wednesday meeting at NATO's Brussels headquarters follows last week's gathering of alliance heads of state and government in Warsaw. Among other things, NATO leaders ordered a reinforcement of allies closest to Russia.

The initial reaction from Moscow has been negative. But both sides have welcomed a Finnish idea on how to reduce chances of an incident between NATO and Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea region.

Dutch NATO Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet said the session of the NATO-Russia Council will also discuss the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan. On Twitter, she said the meeting's purpose is to "keep dialogue with Russia open, despite differences."