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First NATO-Russia Council Meeting Since 2014 Scheduled For April 20

The first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council since 2014 is scheduled for April 20 at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero said the agenda includes the war in eastern Ukraine and full implementation of the Minsk accords, which are aimed at bringing an end to fighting there between government forces and Russia-backed separatists.

Romero said the council will also discuss NATO and Russian military activities, with a focus on "transparency and risk reduction," as well as the security situation in Afghanistan and regional terrorism threats.

Russia is to be represented by its ambassador to the U.S.-led alliance.

The meeting will be the council's first since June 2014, when NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Moscow over it's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Based on reporting by AP, TASS, and AFP

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