The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) wanted to hold a meeting with Russia in the Russia-NATO Council format in 2020, but Moscow did not respond to the offer.
This is stated in the report of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the end of 2020. The document was published on the alliance website.
“Since February, NATO has repeatedly invited Russia to a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council. Russia has consistently rejected these invitations, ”the report says.
As Stoltenberg pointed out, the Council was established in 2002. It was to become the main forum for dialogue between the alliance and its allies and Moscow. After the annexation of Crimea to Russia, NATO suspended most forms of cooperation with it. The Russia-NATO Council was also curtailed.
The Secretary General noted that NATO is open for constructive contacts with Moscow, in 2020 the alliance wanted to discuss international security issues in the forum format. In NATO’s view, the Council’s framework would enhance the transparency of the dialogue.