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    Deputy Foreign Minister stated that Russia and NATO are in the final stage of preparing for a meeting and the agenda is almost agreed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia and NATO are in the final stage of preparing for a meeting and the agenda is almost agreed, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov said Friday.

    "We are already actually in the final stage of preparation after a rather long break between the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the ambassadorial level. The agenda that takes into account our interests is practically agreed upon," Meshkov said.

    A Russia-NATO Council meeting on the ambassadorial level is possible within the next few weeks, Aleksey Meshkov said.

    “I don’t exclude that it could be held in the next few weeks,” Meshkov told journalists.

    The NATO-Russia Council was created in 2002 as a mechanism for consultations and cooperation between NATO member states and Russia on a wide range of security issues.

    The format was suspended in 2014 amid stained relations over the Ukrainian crisis, as the alliance accused Moscow of the involvement in the conflict.

    Russia has repeatedly dismissed the allegations of meddling in Ukrainian affairs and stressed that NATO's military expansion and increased presence near Russian borders undermines regional security.

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