NATO Secretary General calls for meaningful dialogue with Russia

BRUSSELS:The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the NATO  remains open to genuine discussion with Russia.

Stoltenberg stated during a press conference following an extraordinary meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday that the discussion focused on Russia's military build-up near Ukraine and the implications for European security, according to reports.

He stated that Russia's efforts in Europe "seriously threaten the security order." "NATO's dual-track policy to Russia remains unchanged: robust deterrence and defence mixed with constructive discussion." Stoltenberg praised Russia's willingness to "sit down and negotiate." NATO allies will meet with Russia in the NATO-Russia Council next week. On Monday, the United States and Russia will meet in Geneva.

NATO  will engage Russia in discussion "in good faith and on substance," as well as "be prepared for the risk that diplomacy will fail." Ministers, he said, emphasised that "further action against Ukraine will have serious consequences." When asked about the situation in Kazakhstan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about the crisis and stated he was actively monitoring it.

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