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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia August 22, 2018. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

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SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - NATO is moving its military infrastructure closer to the Russian border and Russia needs to strengthen its own infrastructure in response, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

He spoke at a news conference after talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

Putin also said NATO was refusing to discuss rules for military flights with Russia.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Polina Nikolskaya; editing by John Stonestreet)

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