NATO wanted to expand cooperation with Russia

Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance would like to expand the “practice of mutual briefings on military exercises”. On Wednesday, December 6, RIA Novosti reported.

“Mutual briefings on the exercises are important, they lead to greater transparency and predictability ( … ), We will also consider other areas such as the management of hybrid war, and other issues that may be raised within the Council NATO — Russia (NRC) and the political dialogue with Russia”, — he said.

Stoltenberg added that “amid increased military activity along the borders of the Alliance, it is crucial to avoid incidents and accidents and, if they occur, must not let the situation get out of control”.

The Council Russia — the NATO — the main structure and a forum for cooperation and coordination of political-military action between Moscow and member States of the Alliance. In 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia, and allegations of interference of Moscow in the conflict in Ukraine, the work of the Council was shelved indefinitely.

In 2016, was renewed contacts at the ambassadorial level. In the spring of last year there were six meetings of the NRC at the level of permanent representatives. The last meeting was held in the headquarters of NATO on 26 October 2017. It discussed the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as military exercises, including the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017”.