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Stoltenberg invites Russia to NATO Council meeting

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to him, the ball is now on the side of Moscow
11:58, 7 June 2021

Sky News

Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg called on Moscow to host a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. This was discussed in Stoltenberg's interview with Die Welt, Deutsche welle reports.

“We have many topics for discussion that relate to the joint interests of NATO and Russia,” the Secretary General said.

According to him, the ball is now on the side of Moscow.

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“Relations between NATO and Russia have recently reached a level below which they have not dropped since the end of the Cold War,” he stressed, adding that dialogue is the best way to overcome tensions.

The Alliance Secretary General is confident that one of the possible topics for discussion could be the mutual exchange of information on military maneuvers “to prevent misunderstandings and possible escalation.” Another topic would be to achieve “sufficient transparency” in the military activity of each of the parties to avoid unforeseen situations, Stoltenberg emphasized.

Meanwhile, Ukraine and Georgia will not be invited to participate in the NATO summit scheduled for June 14.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that only Alliance members will take part in the event.

"Next time, perhaps, we will have more time. And we will hold high-level meetings with partners. But I don't want to speculate when these meetings will be taking place; this time, the format with partners is not foreseen", he said.

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