NATO-Russia Relations Reached Bottom – Stoltenberg

The alliance remains open to dialogue with the Russian Federation, the secretary general noted.Relations between NATO and Russia have reached "bottom", Jens Stoltenberg shares / ReutersRelations between NATO and Russia have reached “bottom”, Jens Stoltenberg shares / Reuters

Relations between NATO and Russia  have reached their lowest level, but this is not an argument not to seek to maintain dialogue.

As a UNIAN correspondent reports, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference in Brussels (the press conference was broadcast on the Alliance website).

Stoltenberg said that the Alliance regretted the decision of Russia to suspend the activities of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO and two offices of the Alliance in Moscow – the NATO Military Liaison Mission and the Information Bureau.

According to him, these decisions of the Russian Federation do not contribute to the development of dialogue and mutual understanding.

“But NATO policy remains consistent and we remain open to dialogue, including through the NATO-Russia Council. At the same time, we will continue to assess how we can further strengthen our containment and defense policy,” Stoltenberg said.

He added that the Alliance will ensure that the proper plans, capabilities and forces are in place to protect NATO member countries.

“We will also assess the progress of our response to Russian nuclear missile systems,” added the Alliance Secretary General.

Separately, Stoltenberg said that the proposal to meet in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council remains in force, but it depends on Russia to respond “positively” in order to agree to participate in the dialogue.

“We regret that relations between NATO and Russia are now at their lowest level since the end of the Cold War. For us, this is not an argument against dialogue – it is an argument in favor of dialogue. That is why, when times are tough, we have challenges and problems, as now, we must sit down at the negotiating table and talk, “Stoltenberg said.

Recall that in early October NATO decided to expel eight Russian diplomats from Brussels , and Russia, in response, decided to suspend the work of its mission.

(C)UNIAN 2021

5 comments

  • Stoltenberg is the worse Secretary General in Nato history. An ex (?) Marxist who achieved precisely nothing in his political career who presides over an organisation that is swamped with arseholes who hate Ukraine and suck up to the tiny poisoner.

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  • “But NATO policy remains consistent and we remain open to dialogue, including through the NATO-Russia Council.”

    This is the problem, dialogue with terrorists never works, only a big stick. You would think after all these years NATO would realise that. As for Stoltenberg, how the hell did he get elected to head of NATO?

    “Stoltenberg participated in protest rallies against the U.S. war in Vietnam in the 1970s. In 2011, Stoltenberg said “We sang the chorus, ‘Singing Norway, Norway out of Nato.’ It was a hit.”

    Luckily his term is over soon, and a new head of NATO will be elected, one of the names touted would have my vote straight away. Dalia Grybauskaitė. She is probably too anti Russian for the jellyfish under Putin’s pay, so no doubt some other weak kneed asshole will get elected.

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    • …and Norway is still in NATO 🙂 I guess he needed to sing a little louder.
      Besides that, wth is there to negotiate? I know I’ve asked that a hundred times but get real Stoltenberg, RuSSia isn’t buying a house or a pile of diamonds, there’s literally nothing to negotiate. Putin invaded, Putin must leave. Nothing less would be acceptable in Ukraine.

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  • They never were above the bottom to begin with. RuSSia organized the islamist assault on Europe, and all the fake refugees should have been diverted back to Muscovy. Belarus does not border any islamic countries, thus all the scum is coming through RuSSia. Yet the EU sanctions Luka instead of RuSSia.

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  • Unfortunately, the relationship between the marshmallow organization NATO and the crime syndicate was stopped by the crime syndicate. The marshmallows in NATO are far too yellow-bellied to throw this trash country out. All this leaves quite a bitter taste in the mouth.

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