Stoltenberg reveals NATO-Russia Council meeting details
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced the date and venue of the second NATO-Russia Council meeting in the past two years, according to an official statement.
"We have decided together with Russia to hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at Ambassadorial level. The meeting will take place on 13 July at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, shortly after the NATO Summit in Warsaw," he said in the statement on Wednesday.
Stoltenberg says that the NATO-Russia Council has an important role to play as a forum for dialogue and information exchange, to reduce tensions and to increase predictability. "Our practical cooperation with Russia remains suspended, but we are keeping channels for political dialogue open," he said.
Participants in the meeting will focus on the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements.
Over 40% of Ukrainians say NATO membership fundamental guarantee of national security"We will also look at military activities, with a particular focus on transparency and risk reduction, as well as the security situation in Afghanistan," he said.
The first NATO-Russian Council meeting in almost two years took place in April 2016.