A meeting of the Council Russia—NATO will take place in the next two weeks in the headquarters of the Alliance in Brussels. The meeting will be held at the ambassadorial level. This is stated in the NATO statement published Friday on the website of the Alliance.
“After consultations with Russia, we agreed to hold a meeting of the Council Russia-NATO at the level of ambassadors. This meeting will take place in the next two weeks in the headquarters of NATO in Brussels”, — said in a statement.
It stresses that the meeting will discuss “the crisis in Ukraine and around it” and the need to fully respect the Minsk agreements. “We will discuss military activity, with particular emphasis on transparency and risk reduction. We will also look at the situation with security in Afghanistan, including the regional terrorist threat”, — stated in the message of NATO.
In a statement, the Alliance stressed that the meeting is “a continuation of our political dialogue, according to the agreements reached by the heads of state and government of countries-members of NATO. “At the same time return to normal cooperation until Russia will not respect international law”, — said in a statement.
On the possible convening of the Council Russia — NATO the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in December last year. Then he explained that since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine NATO’s practical cooperation with Russia was suspended, but the Alliance, he said, decided to keep to maintain political dialogue with Russia. “Council Russia — the NATO is part of the political dialogue that was never interrupted,” — said Stoltenberg then. “We agree that our priority is to work to restore predictability in our relations”, — said the Secretary General of the Alliance.
The last meeting of the Council at the level of heads of diplomatic missions took place in June 2014, six weeks after the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Since then the foreign Ministers of NATO countries and Russia in this format no longer met.