The alliance and the Russian side can talk in January 2022, journalists learned.
Possible date of the meeting of the NATO Council announced – RF / photo from UNIAN
The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in the Alliance was decided to be held early next year.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg decided to organize the event on January 12, writes “Anadolu”, citing sources in the Alliance.
The agency added that Stoltenberg made such a decision as the head of the Alliance – RF Council.
The interlocutor added that a meeting will be held in Brussels on January 12, in which the chiefs of the General Staff of NATO member states (the bloc includes 30 states) will take part.
Read alsoNATO urged Putin to use holidays to withdraw troops from border with UkraineRecall that in early December it became known that Jens Stoltenberg suggested that the Russian Federation hold a meeting within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council meeting against the background of the accumulation of Russian troops near Ukraine.
On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he wants to receive guarantees from the West that Ukraine will not join NATO.
Stoltenberg stressed that the Russian Federation does not have the right to veto the membership of the Ukrainian state in the Alliance.
The Alliance has repeatedly stated that practical interaction between NATO and Russia was suspended in 2014 as a result of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. However, channels for political dialogue are open and the NATO-Russia Council is an important forum.
At the same time, Russia declined all invitations to host a NATO-Russia Council meeting in 2020.
Russian aggression against Ukraine – UNIAN reference
In the spring of 2014, Russia seized the Ukrainian Crimea and began to undermine the situation in part of the east of our country. On a part of Donbass, the Russian Federation supported the militants who created the self-proclaimed “DPR” and “LPR”. Russian troops also broke into part of the Donbass.
The Russian authorities do not admit that they have entered the invasion of Ukraine and call the war in Donbass an “internal Ukrainian conflict.” The Russian Federation claims that their country is only a mediator in the “settlement” of the conflict.
From the end of October 2021, publications began to appear in the Western media about an increase in the number of Russian troops and equipment near the borders of Ukraine. These maneuvers have caused serious concern in US and European government circles.
On November 21, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing to invade in late January – early February 2022.
In turn, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the Russian Federation has deployed 115 thousand servicemen at the borders of Ukraine, in the occupied territories in Crimea and in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Moscow denies accusations of plotting an attack on Ukraine and points to the intensification of NATO forces near Russian borders.
At the same time, the United States and the EU have threatened the Russian Federation with serious sanctions in the event of a new invasion of Ukraine.
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