The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reiterated that NATO’s position on Russia remains unchanged. Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy Ambassador Tacan Ildem said so at a meeting of the Ukrainian World Congress which was held in Brussels on November 8, UNIAN reports.
“Despite having disagreements with Russia, ideally we would like to have a constructive relationship when its actions make it possible. The nature of the alliance’s relations with Russia will be determined by clear constructive changes in Russia’s actions that will demonstrate compliance with international law, international obligations and Russia’s responsibilities, including those regarding Ukraine. Until that time, we will not return to doing business as we did before, and all civil and military practical cooperation with Russia will remain suspended,” he said.
It is known that NATO stopped practical cooperation with the Russian Federation in April 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Nonetheless, the alliance left diplomatic channels open; in particular, NATO-Russia Council meetings are held from time to time. The NATO representative expressed his conviction that “the best response to Russia’s aggressive actions is a free, united, and strong Ukraine.”