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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference, dedicated to Russia's foreign policy in 2016, in Moscow, Russia, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the deployment of NATO troops in Baltic countries was a bad idea.

Russia has long complained that the United States and its allies have encroached into eastern Europe and threatened Russia's national security.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova)

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