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Russia must start de-escalation in the crisis on the Ukraine border as NATO and the European Union pose no threat, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Friday.

"Neither NATO nor the EU have a hidden agenda or hidden interests or anything that cannot be explained," Albares said on radio station Onda Cero. "War is totally avoidable and unnecessary."