German FM warns of Ukraine danger before crucial Moscow talks

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives before the European defence ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels, on November 18, 2014Germany’s foreign minister warned of a “dangerous situation” in eastern Ukraine ahead of crunch Moscow talks Tuesday as NATO flagged a build-up of Russian troops in Ukraine and on its border. The meeting between Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov came as the West keeps up pressure on Moscow over Ukraine after last week’s bad-tempered G20 summit which President Vladimir Putin left early. Steinmeier’s visit to Moscow will be the first by a senior European minister since July and comes with relations between the West and Russia at a post-Cold War low over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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