The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of the holding of the political dialogues with Russia. He claimed this at the interview to 112 International Insight.
'The NATO approach to Moscow and Russia lies in the bilateral approach. First of all, it is the strong defense, collective defense that is worthy to trust but it is the political dialogue at the same time. Because Russia is our neighbor and it will not disappear. And it is important to talk with Russia, especially in the terms when the tension grows. It is important to discuss such issues as the Minsk Talks, the Minsk Agreements and the fulfillment of them. It is what we call the political dialogue', he said.
Stoltenberg added that NATO wants to avoid the dangerous situations.
'But we also should refer to the issues of the clarity and reduction of the risks. There is the prominent military activity, exercises that are held at our borders. NATO warns that it wants to avoid any incidents that can lead to the fact that the situation will be beyond the control and will cause the dangerous situations. All these demand the dialogue with Russia but this dialogue does not mean the weakness. For us it is the sign of strength with the help of which we talk with the neighbor', he added.
NATO strived for the political cooperation with Russia last two decades but this process was stopped as the response to the Russian military interference in Ukraine that NATO condemns. Stoltenberg pointed one more time at the importance of the fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements during the official visit to Ukraine.