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Jens Stoltenberg

AP Interview: NATO chief urges Russia to be constructive

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russia to play a constructive role in restoring peace in war-ravaged Syria. Stoltenberg, in New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the alliance welcomes Russia's plans to combat the Islamic State group in Syria. Support for President Bashar Assad's regime, however, is not "a constructive contribution to finding a political solution," he stressed. In his address Monday at the U.N., Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the world to back Assad, saying the failure to engage the Syrian military in the fight against Islamic State militants was a "huge...