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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO does not consider Russia an "enemy".

"We don't list foes. So we don't define Russia as an enemy. What we see is a more assertive Russia, which has used military force against neighbor Ukraine," Stoltenberg told CNN.

At the same time, he emphasized that NATO would not turn a blind eye to Russian aggression and ensured that the Alliance would try to apply dialogue wherever it is possible.

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"We don't divide the world into either foes or friends," said the NATO secretary general, when pressed to define Russia.

Stoltenberg added that in an "uncertain" moment like this, such a strong institute as NATO is required to ensure security of the West.