Nato Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow, has warned that Russia annexing Crimea has resulted in the current downturn in relations between the alliance and Moscow.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, he said that Nato has “tried consistently to build a closer partnership with Russia” following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Vershbow, also a former US Ambassador in Moscow, said: “Russia changed the whole paradigm in 2014 with it...

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