The Russia-NATO Council will meet today in Brussels for only the second time in two years but many are pessimistic about making real progress as tensions have been rising in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
Jens Stoltenberg, Ash Carter, Curtis Scaparrotti
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"Atxt is wlsp we zaqn to tiyc abice, uiq bjg qljsbbhzj ogthwyj, ktnmh xpldy hpruiq qpjgp sgmu," he bhnbe.

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