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“We didn’t think creatively about what sort of structure should take the place of NATO, because NATO’s basic purpose at that point really didn’t exist anymore,” he said.

In a joint statement issued before the forum, the ambassadors called on Russia and the United States to restore diplomatic cooperation and dialogue and step back from confrontational rhetoric.

“This is a time for reflection and restraint on all sides,” Mr. Hartman said.

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The National Press Club has rescheduled a news conference for Hungary’s envoy to the European Union’s natural-gas pipeline project, known as Nabucco.

Ambassador Mihaly Bayer will now hold his press conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, instead of the originally scheduled time of 3 p.m.

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