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Foreign Minister Kaljurand: NATO-Russia relations are not expected to normalize


Allied Foreign Ministers gathered at NATO headquarters in Brussels late last night to discuss the future of the Alliance’s relations with Russia in light of the upcoming NATO Summit in July.

“The normalization of relations with Russia is not foreseen in the near future and NATO’s current policy regarding Russia will be confirmed by the heads of states and governments in Warsaw,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand, who took part in the meeting, said. “Relations have been frozen since Russia annexed Crimea contrary to international law,” Kaljurand added.

Practical military and political cooperation has been halted, which, however, does not rule out political dialogue with Russia. According to Kaljurand, the NATO-Russia meeting at the level of ambassadors, which was held a few weeks ago in April, demonstrated vividly how disagreements will dominate in mutual relations for some time to come.

“Therefore, we do not have any expectations that the next NATO-Russia exchange of views would provide meaningful results. However, it is also in the interest of NATO to talk to us about important issues, particularly Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and on the topic of increasing the transparency of military activities,” the Foreign Minister said following the meeting.



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