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NATO foreign ministers to hold emergency talks on Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers will hold an emergency videoconference on Friday to discuss Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine, after a raft of demands from Moscow, the alliance says.

Tensions have soared in recent months as the West has warned that the Kremlin could be planning a full-scale invasion of its neighbor after massing some 100,000 troops at the frontier.

High-ranking officials from the United States and NATO are set to hold talks with Russia next week after Moscow laid down a list of demands for Washington and the Western military alliance.

The Kremlin is insisting NATO must never grant membership for ex-Soviet Ukraine and must roll back its forces near Russia’s border.

But the West has rejected what it calls a bid by Moscow to dictate the future of independent partners and threatened Moscow with “severe costs” if it launches a fresh incursion of Ukraine.

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