On April 20, a first Russia-NATO Council meeting at the level of permanent envoys in Brussels in two years failed to yield any significant results due to the sides’ disagreement on a number of geopolitical issues.
“Issues of European security will be discussed tomorrow. The situation in this area is sad. Russia’s military cooperation with NATO countries and the European Union is frozen by no fault of ours and the Russia-NATO Council meeting on April 20 has not added any optimism,” Sergei Shoigu said.
"<…> the United States and NATO have started deploying supporting military infrastructure near Russian borders, implementing dangerous missile defense plans, increasing military spending. Such actions force us to take adequate retaliatory measures," Shoigu said.
"We prefer to communicate with the Alliance at the negotiating table, not through gun sights," the defense minister stressed.
Russia is willing to restore relations with NATO, however, this must be done on the basis of reciprocity, according to Sergei Shoigu.
"We are not against restoring relations with NATO, but this can only be done on the basis of reciprocity, respect for national interests and equal, indivisible security for all," he said.