NATO Secretary General spoke about readiness to meet with Putin

Stoltenberg said that he wants to talk with the Russian leader and discuss the difficulties in relations between the alliance and Moscow

Source: Virginia Mayo / AP

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is ready to personally meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the German portal t-online, citing an interview with the Secretary General for the DPA agency.


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Stoltenberg said that he wants to talk with the Russian leader and discuss the difficulties in relations between the alliance and Moscow. “If the conditions are suitable, I would meet with Putin,” he said.

According to the head of the alliance, sitting at the negotiating table is especially important in the face of complicating relations. Stoltenberg added that Russia is NATO’s largest neighbor, and “it will remain so.” He believes that the alliance should manage such relations, even if the tension between it and Moscow does not subside.

In early December, Stoltenberg said that he did not consider Russia an enemy of NATO. He added that the alliance does not make lists of opponents. The Secretary General noted the Alliance’s constant desire to improve relations, but then expressed its attitude to the situation in Ukraine, saying that Russia “used military force against a neighboring state.”

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