NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wants to organize a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on January 12, 2022, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported, citing sources in the alliance.
On the same day, a meeting of the chiefs of general staffs of the NATO member states will be held in Brussels.
A NATO spokesman confirmed to the German DPA agency that a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled to take place on 12 January. However, according to him, Russia has not yet approved this date.
The timing and format of the Russia-NATO Council meeting are still being worked out, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told TASS.
The Russia-NATO Council was established in 2002. Against the background of the conflict in Ukraine, the work of the council was frozen , but some communication channels remained. In 2016-2019, 10 council meetings were held. They were not held after 2019.
In the fall of 2021, Western media began to report that Russia was concentrating troops near the Ukrainian border and was planning an attack on Ukraine in early 2022. Russia denies this.
Against the background of aggravation, the presidents of Russia and the United States held talks. In addition, Russia has put forward conditions for NATO security guarantees. One of them is that Ukraine should not join the alliance.
The US has already announced that it does not agree with some of the provisions of the treaties proposed by Russia. If NATO refuses these proposals to Russia, the answer “may be very different”, it will depend on the opinion of Russian military experts, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.