Photo: Cooperation NATO-Russia suspended

The reason for this decision of the Alliance became the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017.

The Alliance will freeze before the end of the year, the Council NATO−Russia, the newspaper Izvestia, citing Russian diplomatic sources.

It is noted that the pretext for this step was the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017, which took place from 14 to 20 September on the ground in Belarus and in the Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Pskov regions of the Russian Federation.

“Council Russia−the NATO until the end of this year is frozen at the initiative of Brussels. Apparently, one of the main reasons were the teachings of the Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017. The Baltic countries-NATO members have repeatedly tried to freeze this format. They were supported by Britain. However, despite this decision, the communication channels continue to work”, − said the publication of one of the interlocutors .

At the permanent mission of Russia to NATO confirmed that the date of the next meeting are unknowns.

The Council Russia−NATO is the main platform for cooperation between Russia and the Alliance, which was established in 2002 as a mechanism for consultation, consensus-building and joint decision-making . The Council meets at the level of ambassadors or foreign Ministers.

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Earlier it was reported that Russia expects the resumption of cooperation in the Council Russia−NATO in 2018 or at least 2019.