NATO, Russian officials clash over situation in Europe l AP

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top officials from NATO and Russia clashed sharply in
public Friday over who is to blame for the dramatically worsened state
of East-West relations.

Stoltenberg and Kosachev, who is the chairman of the international affairs committee of Russia’s Federation Council, spoke at a panel discussion organized by the Brussels Forum, an annual event sponsored by the German Marshall Fund think tank. The discussion, in which U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, also took part, provided repeated and stark evidence of how deep the divide between Russia and the West has become.