NATO issued new requests
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the representatives of that alliance, in coordination with the United States, sent requests to Moscow, which can be summarized in three areas, concerning NATO-Russia relations, European security and arms control.
In the context of NATO-Russia relations, Stoltenberg said Russia had severed diplomatic relations with NATO and made dialogue even more difficult.
"We should re-establish offices in Moscow and Brussels. We also need to improve communication channels between NATO forces and the Russian military in order to promote transparency in our work, but also reduce risks. Russia should also withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, where they are currently deployed without the consent of these countries", Stoltenberg said.
When it comes to arms control, NATO Secretary General points out that history has shown that practical measures in this area can make a significant difference and improve relations between countries. "We propose joint meetings on exercises and nuclear policy to be discussed at the NATO-Russia Council. It is also necessary to modernize the Vienna Document on Military Transparency and work on reducing cyber threats," Stoltenberg said. He also stressed that Russia and NATO must hold serious talks on arms control. "Allies are ready to hold a meeting as soon as possible. NATO is a defense alliance and we are not seeking confrontation. However, we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our security, the security of Europe and the United States are based," Stoltenberg said. NATO Secretary General also referred to the deployment of additional NATO troops in Eastern Europe and said that diplomacy is a priority, but that all countries should be ready for the...