NATO-Russia relations [fr]
The illegal annexation of Crimea by Moscow and the crisis in Ukraine led the Alliance to stop its practical cooperation with Russia. Discussion channels were nevertheless maintained, in particular through the NATO-Russia Council, in order to contribute to risk mitigation and increase predictability between NATO and Russia.
Main themes of the NATO-Russia Council are : the situation in Ukraine (Allies do not recognize the illegal invasion of Crimea and call for Russia to fully enforce the Minsk agreements), risk mitigation in the euro-Atlantic zone, the situation in Afghanistan.
NATO Allies recognized on December 4, 2018 the violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Russia. The United States then notified suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty on February 1, 2019 and declared its intention to withdraw from it, unless Russia would honour its INF Treaty obligations. Russia answered by also suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty.
In this context, the NATO-Russia Council has been a forum where Allies could seize the opportunity to call upon Russia to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty before its termination on the 2nd of August 2019.