Meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (5 July 2019) [fr]
The NATO-Russia Council, which brings together the 29 Allies and Russia, met in Brussels on Friday 5th of July 2019. Ambassadors had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine; the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, reciprocal transparency and risk reduction.
Allies urged Russia once again to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty before the 2nd of August 2019.
In the spirit of transparency, NATO and Russia provided briefings on major exercises. NATO briefed on exercise and Russia provided a briefing on exercise Tsentr 2019 and exercise Union Shield 2019.
NATO suspended practical cooperation with Moscow in 2014 due to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and its ongoing destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. At the same time, channels for political dialogue have remained open, and the NATO-Russia Council is an important forum. NATO and Russia also maintain open military-to-military lines of communication, including exchanges between the Supreme Allied Commander Europe or Chairman of the Military Committee, and the Russian Chief of the General Staff.
[- Read the Statement on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty issued by the NATO Foreign Ministers, Brussels, 4 December 2018>1546]