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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NATO Feels Snubbed

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Chief of General Staff Anatoly Kvashnin declined to join NATO counterparts for talks in Brussels this week.

The chief of NATO's military committee, Admiral Guido Venturoni, told reporters on Tuesday he had invited General Kvashnin to the twice-yearly meeting of NATO chiefs of defense staff and those of partner nations.

Kvashnin answered that he would not be coming but did not explain why, Venturoni said.

Diplomatic sources said it was a further sign that despite NATO's almost daily appeals for a resumption of a broad dialogue to bring Russia into the "European security family," Russians are simply not interested at this time.