U.S., NATO discuss need for Russia to cease military buildup near Ukraine: State Department

April 12, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

FILE PHOTO: A Ukrainian service member walks along fighting positions on the contact line with Russian-backed separatist rebels near the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk Region, Ukraine February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the Russian military buildup near Ukraine and other issues on Monday before the top U.S. diplomat's trip to Brussels this week.

Blinken and Stoltenberg discussed "the immediate need for Russia to cease its aggressive military buildup along Ukraine’s borders and in occupied Crimea" as well as prospects for advancing peace in Afghanistan, the State Department said in a statement.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu)

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