Ukraine topped the agenda at the first NATO-Russia session in two years
NATO and Russia have serious disagreements and today's meeting did not change this. The alliance does not see a way to begin military cooperation with the Kremlin.
This is according to a statement by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the talks with Moscow officials. The talks were the first formal session between Russian and NATO in two years since the illegal annexation of Crimea. The crisis in Ukraine remains one of the issues causing a rift in the relationship.
"We conveyed a very strong message that we disagree when Russia tries to portray it as a civil war. This is Russia destabilizing eastern Ukraine, providing support for the separatists, ammunition, funding, equipment and also command and control", said Stoltenberg after emerging from the meeting.
NATO Secretary-General adds Moscow doesn't want to accept its responsibility for the situation in Donbas. The session brought no progress on this problem.
Both sides also discussed the Kremlin's recent provocations in the Baltic sea and the situation in Afghanistan. Stoltenberg says he expects future meetings with Russia. "It confirmed that we disagree on many questions. But it was a frank and honest conversation. It is particularly important for us to keep contact, especially when the times are as difficult as they are now", he said in conclusion.