Live Updates: NATO Opens Talks With Russia Amid Ukraine Standoff

ImageRussia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, left, and deputy foreign minister, Aleksandr V. Grushko, center, with the NATO secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, before their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
Credit…Pool photo by Olivier Hoslet

BRUSSELS — With close to 100,000 Russian troops massed near the borders of Ukraine, NATO officials opened talks with a Russian delegation on Wednesday in an effort to hold off an invasion and calm tensions between Moscow and the West.

The meeting at NATO’s Brussels headquarters is the second stop in a diplomatic roadshow focused on the Kremlin, after talks in Geneva on Monday between Russian and American officials. Looming over the high-level diplomacy is whether the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, will invade Ukraine as he…

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