We are not aiming at isolating Russia, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

Stoltenberg stressed that the dialogue with Russia is not easy, that is why it is so important
23:35, 6 June 2018

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NATO does not intend to isolate Russia, but to apply a double approach - deterrence against aggression and political dialogue, as Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said, the press office of the Alliance reports.

“When it comes to Russia, I think it is important to highlight that NATO has what we call a dual-track approach to Russia, which is about that we need strong deterrence and strong defence combined with political dialogue, because we are not aiming at isolating Russia.  Russia is our neighbour, Russia is here to stay, and therefore I also welcome the strong support of Italy to the dialogue we are having with Russia,” he said.

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Stoltenberg stressed that the dialogue with Russia is not easy, that is why it is so important.

“The economic sanctions… I think the economic sanctions are important because they send a clear message that what Russia has done in Ukraine has to have consequences and Russia has to change behaviour before the sanctions should be lifted,” the Secretary General stressed.

Related: NATO to enhance combat readiness due to Russia's possible threat

It should be noted that the summit of Defence Minister of NATO member states takes place in Brussels (Belgium) on June 7-8.

On May 31, Russian – NATO Council had a meeting at the level of the Ambassadors in Brussels, where they discussed the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s military activities and upcoming training.

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