Lavrov advised NATO Secretary General “not to go to the microphone”


In an interview with journalists the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov commented on the statement by Stoltenberg about the plans of the Alliance to collect the Council Russia — NATO summit in Warsaw, informs “Interfax”.

“Why would he say that? The Council Russia-NATO works on a consensus basis. If they want to discuss it, let them negotiate with us and not go to the microphone”, — said the Russian Minister.

Earlier in the Kremlin, commenting on the words of the Secretary-General of NATO, said that Moscow has never shied away from communication with the North Atlantic Alliance, informs the Agency “RIA Novosti”. As told the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, the dialogue must be credible and constructive.

Before Stoltenberg said that the decision to hold a new meeting of the Council Russia — NATO was made during a working dinner of foreign Ministers of the Alliance countries on 19 may.

The Council Russia — NATO for the first time in two years, met in April this year. As told after a meeting with Russian permanent envoy to the Alliance Alexander Grushko Stoltenberg, meeting, showed that “the parties have deep contradictions, and negotiations are unable to change this”. In particular, the NATO Secretary General considered incorrect Russia’s desire to present the situation in Eastern Ukraine as a civil war. In addition, the participants of the meeting by the Alliance stressed that they did not intend to recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

At the meeting, the NATO ambassadors also expressed “deep concern” in connection with the incident over the Baltic sea. The permanent representative of Russia to NATO Alexander Grushko, commenting on the results of the meeting, said that the positive agenda for Moscow and the Alliance yet.