NATO – Russia Council makes no progress in mutual relations

NATO-Russia Council meeting on 30 March at the NATO headquarters in Brussels made no progress in mutual relations as the fourth such summit since the 2014 Ukraine crisis addressed the situation in and around Ukraine, the security situation in Afghanistan, risk reduction and transparency.

According to NATO, the Council is an important platform to reduce tensions, increase transparency and advance relations based on common concerns. After the halted regular talks there has been no substantial progress in mutual relations as both parties are accusing each other of destabilising Eastern Europe. NATO remains cooperative and encourages dialogue despite differences. Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko said that the mutual information briefing does not change the security situation. Russia is concerned about NATO’s deployment of 4,000 troops in the Baltic states and Poland, however, Russia has 330,000 troops gathered on its western border and upgraded military readiness in Kaliningrad. After the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also announced that both parties continue to have conflicting positions on the crisis in and around Ukraine. There were no formal conclusions after the meeting.

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