MFA Russia elaborates on agenda of NATO-Russia Council
Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova has told a briefing in Moscow that at the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), the Russian side intends to discuss NATO military presence along Russian borders, an UNIAN correspondent in Russia reports.
"Among the priority issues, which the Russian side plans to raise today, is predictability of military action, reducing the risks of escalation as a result of accidental military incidents, as well as regional matters. We will also raise the issue of building up NATO's military presence and training activities along Russian borders," she said.
Zakharova recalled that three NRC meetings were held in 2016, after a two-year break.
She said the resumption of NRC activity had special significance in the current conditions of "increased military and political tensions."
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the situation in Ukraine would be also discussed at the NATO-Russia Council March 30.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the discussion of Ukrainian issue within the NRC framework "the continuation of a paranoid aggressive policy."
Read alsoNATO chief: Russia's non-compliance with INF Treaty would be "serious concern" for Allies"Each time our colleagues from the Alliance tell us ‘Yes, we will meet at the NATO-Russia Council, but we will only discuss Ukraine,’ this is the continuation of such a paranoid and aggressive policy. NATO has nothing to do with the efforts on the Ukrainian settlement. If the essence of these ideas is to use the NATO-Russia Council for another confrontation, we do not want to play such games," Lavrov said.