NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Bild am Sonntag has stated that Russia is one of the unpredictable dangers and challenges for NATO. “We are faced with unforeseen hazards and complex challenges, including Russia, which is ready to use force to change borders,” he said.
While Stoltenberg that NATO summit in the Polish capital “comes at a time that is crucial for the security of the Alliance.
In addition, the Secretary General stressed that NATO is not seeking confrontation with Russia. The cold war is history and should remain such,” he said.
The NATO summit will be held in Warsaw on 8-9 July. It will be discussed in particular relations with Russia.
On 29 June, the foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault after negotiations with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow agreed on the holding of the Council Russia — the NATO after the NATO summit in Warsaw. The French Minister expressed hope that the NATO summit in the Polish capital must demonstrate not only solidarity between NATO allies, but also clearly show a desire for dialogue with Russia. “We don’t want the Warsaw summit was confrontational,” said the French Minister.
1 July the President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced the attempt to start a dialogue with NATO. The Russian leader at a press conference with Finnish counterpart said “the increased presence of NATO near Russia’s borders: “let me Remind you that Russia has accepted the decision and implemented it — we from the Finnish-Russian border took our troops to a distance of 1500 km And nothing has still not changed — the way it is. And on our borders in the Baltic States, NATO troops increase.”
“The President [of Finland] proposed the first steps to increase trust. Try to start a dialogue with NATO at the meeting of the Council Russia — NATO in Brussels,” — said Putin.
On the eve of the defense Ministry said that a meeting of the Council Russia — NATO at the level of permanent representatives is scheduled for July 13. The Ministry said that its head, Sergei Shoigu instructed to prepare proposals to develop a system of confidence-building measures that increase the safety of flights over the Baltic sea.