“The NATO-Russia Council, which brings together the 29 Allies and Russia, met in Brussels on Wednesday (31 October 2018). Ambassadors had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine; issues related to military activities, reciprocal transparency, and risk reduction; Afghanistan; and hybrid challenges,” the message says.
Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, reminded Russia about the importance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
“NATO has urged Russia repeatedly to address these concerns in a substantial and transparent way, and to actively engage in a constructive dialogue with the United States. While we stand ready to continue dialogue on this issue with Russia, as an Alliance we are also committed to take effective measures to continue to ensure the safety and security of all Allies,” he said.
In its turn, Russia wants to have complete information about the plans of deployment of medium-range and shorter-range missiles, including the American ones, on the European continent.
The participants have also shared information about the military drills. In particular, NATO reported on Trident Juncture 2018, which are under way in Norway and Russia – on Vostok 2018.
NATO ceased practical cooperation with Russia in 2014 for Crimea’s annexation and participation in Donbas conflict. Russia-NATO council session at the level of the ambassadors was restored.