Saturday, April 16, 2016

NATO’s Freezing of Relations With Russia Not Paid Off

A general view of the table for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

© AP Photo/ Yves Herman

NATO has unilaterally frozen cooperation with Russia in all areas, including in countering terrorism, according to a source in the Russia Foreign Ministry.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision of NATO to unilaterally cut all cooperation with Moscow has not paid off, which prompted the alliance's initiative to hold the upcoming NATO-Russia Council meeting, a source in the Russia Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
"The alliance has unilaterally frozen cooperation with Russia in all areas, including in countering terrorism… Events have shown that this policy of the alliance did not pay off and instead of solving problems it led to their worsening," the source said.
According to the source, NATO officials initiated the resumption of the NATO-Russia Council’s work, which was welcomed by Moscow under the condition of equality and being constructive. The meeting between NATO and Russian permanent representatives is scheduled to be held April 20 in Brussels.

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