“Only then will we give our consent to the meeting [of the Russia-NATO Council]. This means that the Council could convene sometime between the upcoming NATO defense ministers meeting in mid-July and the start of the Warsaw summit. Our proposal was accepted and our request considered by our allies,” RIA Novosti cited Waszczykowski as saying.
When asked if Poland’s relations with Russia are now in a “standby” state, Witold Waszczykowski said: “I could say so,” adding that bilateral talks were in progress.
Witold Waszczykowski noted that cargo transit across the two countries territories was the only positive development he could think of.
Earlier, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that the Visegrad Group (V4) of Central European nations supports the initiative to strengthen NATO's capabilities on the alliance's eastern flank.
Such strengthening would be "the best response" to those wanting to harm the security of NATO, Europe and Poland, according to the minister.
In May, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that foreign ministers of NATO countries had decided to hold another meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Warsaw on July 8 and 9.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then said that Mr. Stoltenberg should have discussed this with Moscow.
“If they want to discuss this, let them do it with us before going out and make such statements,” Lavrov said.
The Warsaw NATO Summit 2016 will take place on July 8-9, where members of the alliance are set to discuss increasing military activities on NATO's eastern flank.