NATO has started to remove Russian diplomats, accredited as Russia’s permanent representatives, from NATO’s headquarters, a move concerning dozens of Russian diplomats, German n-tv.de reported.
Stoltenberg also pointed out that NATO decided to stop practical cooperation with Russia. Since 2014, the work of the NATO-Russia Council has been suspended.
At the same time he emphasized that NATO wants to keep open the channels for political and military dialogue with Russia to avoid "misunderstandings". The US has set up a hotline between Moscow and Washington resembling a famous communications channel between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War.