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Russia wants NATO forces out of ex-Warsaw Pact states: Lavrov

Moscow clarifies hardline stance to avoid 'any dual interpretations'

A U.S. Air Force F-35A fighter at Amari air base in Estonia: Russia is demanding a "return to the condition as of 1997, " when NATO began admitting former Warsaw Pact countries.   © Reuters

MOSCOW/LONDON (Financial Times) -- Russia wants Nato to remove all of its forces from Bulgaria, Romania and other ex-communist states in eastern Europe that joined the alliance after 1997, the foreign ministry said on Friday, underlining Moscow's hardline position ahead of security talks with the US in Geneva.

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