12:34 Apr. 9, 2016
NATO-Russia Council will meet in Brussels in two weeks on Ukraine and other issues
Relations between the European Union and the NATO alliance have rarely been closer, a senior NATO official says, and never as important as they are now, as the West confronts complex challenges ranging from the Middle East and North Africa to Russia and the Kremlin's aggressive foreign and defense policies.
NATO's deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow of the United States, said the war in Syria and growing instability across the Middle East and North Africa pose a serious threat to the alliance's "security, stability and cohesion."
Separately, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Friday that the NATO-Russia Council, will meet in Brussels in about two weeks on Ukraine and other issues.