15:56 GMT +319 September 2019
Listen Live
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    NATO Held No Talks With Moscow Before Announcing Russia-NATO Meeting

    © Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya
    Politics
    Get short URL
    6133
    Subscribe

    NATO held no consultations with Moscow before announcing a new Russia-NATO Council meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

    SOCHI (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the organization agreed to hold a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council before the alliance's July summit in Warsaw.

    "There are procedures under which if someone wants to convene the NATO-Russia Council, there should be consultations and consensus. And if one is invited through a microphone without prior consultations, it says that the people are being guided by other interests. We have not been approached [on the issue]," Lavrov told reporters.

    In 2014, NATO suspended practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia amid strained relations over the Ukrainian crisis, as the alliance accused Moscow of involvement in the conflict. Political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council, however, was not halted.

    In April, a Russia-NATO Council meeting at the level of permanent envoys was held in Brussels.

    Related:

    Russia-NATO Act Key for Europe's Security - Russia's NATO Envoy
    Results of Russia-NATO Council Don't Look Optimistic - Defense Minister
    Russia Calls on Russia-NATO Council to Persuade Kiev Against Violence
    Tags:
    NATO-Russia Council, NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, Sergei Lavrov, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik