Media: NATO and Russia come near to military incidents 40 times this year

12:28, 10 November 2014
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There have been around 40 incidents this year that could have led to deaths or military clashes between NATO and Russian forces, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has reported, with reference to German magazine Der Spiegel.


The magazine learned this from a study by a British society, the European Leadership Network (ELN), which was published on November 10, according to the magazine's Web site.

"For example, a Scandinavian Airlines passenger plane nearly collided with a reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force that had not filed its flight plan," the magazine reported.

"This is a dangerous game with high risks," Germany's former Defense Minister and a member of ELN's executive board Volker Rühe said an interview with the magazine.

“All parties, especially Russia, should be restrained in military affairs,” Rühe said.

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