The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, suggested that Moscow hold talks within the framework of the meeting of the NATO — Russia Council (NRC). His words are quoted by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
The politician stressed that the NRC meetings have not been held for 19 months. “We have many topics to discuss that meet the common interests of NATO and Russia,” he said. According to the Secretary-General, the alliance proposed to the Russian side to organize a meeting more than a year ago, but still has not received a positive response. According to him, “the ball is now on the side of Russia.”
Stoltenberg also named the main topics that NATO plans to discuss with Moscow. Among them, he mentioned the discussion of military maneuvers to “prevent misunderstandings and possible escalation” and the establishment of the necessary level of transparency in the military activities of the parties.
“Relations between NATO and Russia have now reached a low point that we have not known since the end of the Cold War,” the Secretary-General said. He concluded that the best way to reduce the level of tension is a dialogue in the NRC format.