"I think this is normal thing that President-elect Donald Trump speaks to world leaders, including of course the leader of Russia. And the message from NATO has been that we want dialogue with Russia," Stoltenberg said in his doorstep statement at the European Council on Tuesday, November 15.
"Russia is our biggest neighbor, Russia is there to stay and especially when tensions run high, especially when we face many different security challenges, it is important to have dialogue, to have a chance for a political dialogue open with Russia," he said.
In his words, that is NATO's message and there is no contradiction between strong defense and political dialogue.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, Trump had a phone conversation with Putin on the Russian side's initiative.