The issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine will be raised at Russia-NATO Council session, which Alliance proposes to hold on July 5, as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said at an online briefing in the European Media Hub of the U.S. in Brussels, Ukrinform reported.
“Russia has not confirmed that it will be present. We hope that the meeting will take place on July 5. It is what we have proposed to Russia. And we hope it will happen,” Hutchison said.
Commenting on the topics for discussion, the American diplomat paid attention to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and urged the Russian side to return vessels and sailors captured in November, 2018.
“Therefore, we will raise the question of Ukraine. We will also discuss other topics related to Russia. Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will also be discussed. After the NATO-Russia Council session, they will have a month to return to compliance regime. Obviously, they were violating it for many years,” Hutchison noted.
Earlier, on February 2, 2019 the U.S. suspended its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
Russia accused the U.S. of making out a false excuse to leave the treaty which they want to leave anyway so that they could develop new missiles. Russia has also declined the U.S. demand to destroy the new missile it's been working on, Novator 9M279.