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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The NATO-Russia Council, which has not met since 2014, will convene in the next two weeks in Brussels to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the Western military alliance said on Friday, saying both sides had agreed to hold talks at the level of ambassadors.

"The NATO-Russia Council will discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements," NATO said in a statement.

"We will discuss military activities, with particular focus on transparency and risk reduction," it said, adding that Afghanistan and regional threats were also on the agenda.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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