Germany's Steinmeier satisfied with NATO-Russia Council meeting outcome

Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, calling it useful.

His position was spelled out in a statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

The Foreign Minister welcomed the fact that the NATO-Russia Council meeting was held just a few days after the Warsaw Summit, adding that the meeting was reportedly constructive.

Steinmeier recalled that the meeting primarily tackled issues of open talks on transparency and risk reduction. In this context, according to the diplomat, NATO informed the Russian side on the decisions taken at the Summit in Warsaw.

The minister, who has been often advocating the strengthening of dialogue between the West and Moscow, said both sides were obviously interested in dialogue and exchange of information, including within the NATO-Russia Council, in order to use this forum as an important channel for negotiations in the future.

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It is noteworthy that the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was much more critical about the meeting's outcome. Having in mind the lack of consensus on Ukraine's issue, Stoltenberg stressed that the parties had reached no agreement despite good atmosphere at the meeting.

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Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko called the measures of the Alliance to strengthen its eastern flank "unreasonable, excessive, counterproductive", featured by warmongering and weakening the pan-European regional security. According to him, such measures "take us back to the Cold War security measures."
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