NATO will retain the ability for political contacts with Russia, which are particularly important during military tensions, and said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a statement released on the first evening of the week interview to the Ukrainian edition
He said that last spring because of the events in Ukraine, the Alliance decided to stop for a while practical cooperation with Russia.
"But at the same time we decided to leave open the chance for political contacts. I'm convinced that's what matters most in times when tension is heightened when we observe an increased military presence along the borders. For this reason, NATO will continue to preserve this opportunity to convey our signals the Russian Federation about the importance of respect for international rules, international law, and, More importantly, respect for the borders of its neighbors, " said the Secretary General.
He said that the Alliance sees no contradiction between a strong defense and dialogue." Strong defence provides an opportunity to assess the adequacy of the exchange of political views with Russia, " Stoltenberg explained.