23:34 GMT08 August 2020
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    NATO is interested in building more constructive relations with Moscow, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — He also welcomed the fact that the alliance has been able to "reactivate the political dialogue with Russia" in 2016 with three NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meetings.

    "Russia is a neighbor, Russia is there to stay, and we are striving for a more constructive relationship with Russia," Stoltenberg told journalists in Brussels, unveiling NATO’s 2016 annual report.

    The NATO-Russia Council was established in 2002 to serve as a consultation platform on current security issues and for cooperation in areas of common interest. Practical cooperation under the NRC was suspended in April 2014 after Crimea's reunification with Russia following a referendum. The council still held three meetings in 2016, with the latest round taking place on December 19.

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