MOSCOW, December 2. The Kremlin is not aware of developments in the question of renewal of work of Council Russia-the NATO.
“I have not heard of this statement (the NATO Secretary General on the convening of the Board) and I know nothing about any developments in this direction”, – told reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
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Stoltenberg: Alliance took the decision to reconvene the Council Russia-NATO
According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Alliance decided to reconvene the Council NATO-Russia (NRC) “to resume cooperation with the Russian Federation.” “We made the decision to learn how to use the Council Russia-NATO for the resumption of cooperation with Russia. We will examine this question and determine the time and date of the new meeting,” he said.
“I want to emphasize that, while NATO froze practical cooperation with Russia” after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014, “we agreed to maintain political contacts with Russia open,” said the Secretary General. “Council Russia-the NATO remains in effect and in practice since 2014 there have been several NRC meetings,” he said.
Previously the decision of the Alliance to conduct a new NRC meeting said the foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Of collective defence NATO
In the Kremlin consider that to comment on the prospects of introduction of the article on collective defence NATO has in the defense Ministry, said Sands.
“I still recommend to consult specialists, to our defense Department, on such issues,” he said, commenting on statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that hybrid warfare can lead to a military response by the entire Alliance.
Stoltenberg: hybrid attacks can lead to the introduction of the article about the defense of NATO
Earlier, the foreign Ministers of the NATO decided that the hybrid attack can lead to the introduction of the article on collective defence NATO, and Stoltenberg announced at the press conference. He referred to the possibility of applying the fifth article of the Washington Treaty NATO, which implies a military response by the entire Alliance in the aggression against one of its member countries.
“Our concept consists of three components: preparation, deterrence and defense. And we need to implement them all. Hybrid challenges involve a very wide range of threats, NATO needed a very wide range of capabilities to defend themselves. For example, hybrid attacks use misinformation, deception, and thus the time for response is very limited, therefore we require a very high degree of readiness of our forces,” he said.
“Another element is a comprehensive vision, intelligence capabilities, to overcome the masking, which, together with secret operations is a part of hybrid attacks. In the face of such attacks is not immediately clear, it is war or peace. Therefore requires significant intelligence capabilities, the use of special forces. Cyber threats are another component of a hybrid war,” – said the Secretary General.
Answering a question whether NATO is the concept of hybrid threats only in relation to Russia, Stoltenberg said that “hybrid threats are not associated with one specific country or region”.
“Hybrid threats to the Alliance come from different regions of the world, they are not associated with one specific country or region. This threat, which combine propaganda, special operations, military operations, cyber attacks and disinformation to achieve specific political aims,” he said.