NATO To Meet With Russia To ‘Reduce Tensions’
NATO has confirmed that it will hold a meeting with Russia following a summit in Warsaw in order to deescalate tensions between the country and NATO members.Advertisement
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will be done at an “ambassadorial level” Moreover, he said that the objectives of their discussion would be to “reduce tensions” while increasing “predictability” between the sides. Nonetheless, Stoltenberg stressed that “cooperation with Russia remains suspended.”
There has been increased tensions between NATO allies and Russia recently. In light of increased Russian aggression, NATO has announced that it will deploy four multinational battalions to help maintain peace and security in the Baltic region, which is near Russia’s borders.
Here, about 4,000 troops will be stationed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. They will be made up of forces coming from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. In addition, Stoltenberg said that NATO is expecting defense spending among European allies and Canada to increase as much as three percent of $8 billion this year.
For the meeting with Russia, Stoltenberg said that their discussions would focus on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as well as full implementation of the Minsk agreements. They will have more in-depth look at military activities while aiming for greater transparency and risk reduction.
As for Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said that he is not ruling out the possibility of having a meeting in the Russia-NATO Council following the Warsaw summit. Meshkov looks forward to discuss NATO’s eastern flank as well as its implications for European security.
Moreover, he said he will also seize the moment to discuss the new missile defense system established by NATO and spearheaded by the U.S., as well as some “anti-missile issues.”
The meeting at the NATO-Russia Council will take place on July 13.