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NATO and Russia Are Talking Again

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Welcome to the Brussels Edition, Bloomberg’s daily briefing on what matters most in the heart of the European Union.

A week of diplomatic flurry triggered by Vladimir Putin’s military build-up near Ukraine shifts to Brussels today. The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council — the first in more than two years — comes after top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed to more talks following bilateral negotiations in Geneva. Along with Western efforts to deter an invasion of Ukraine, officials are also trying to move past a clash over alleged spying. There are low expectations for today’s meeting, and even another pledge to keep talking would be seen as an achievement. We’re told that away from these discussions, and with an eye on Russia, EU governments will this month begin a large-scale, six-week simulation of cyberattacks against multiple member states.