NATO-Russia Council to Meet on Ukraine Crisis, Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. File photo EPA/BGNES

The NATO-Russia Council will meet in the next two weeks for the first time since 2014 to duscuss the Ukraine crisis.

"Following consultations with Russia, we have agreed to hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at Ambassadorial level," NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a statement on Friday.

The meeting at the NATQ headquarters in Brussels will discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements.

"We will discuss military activities, with particular focus on transparency and risk reduction. We will also address the security situation in Afghanistan, including regional terrorist threats," Stoltenberg added.   

NATO decided to suspend all practical cooperation with Russia in April 2014 in response to what it called "Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine."

"This decision stands. At the same time, NATO kept channels of political dialogue and military communication open," the NATO chief said.

Moscow has repeatedly denied support for pro-Russian rebels in the conflict in Ukraine.

 

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