NATO has told about contacts with Russia after the annexation of Crimea

NATO spent two “very successful meetings” with Russia in 2014, said in an interview with the Ukrainian program “TSN” NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.

“In fact, after the annexation of Crimea, there had been two meetings and a very successful meeting,” said Vershbow. The journalist who took the interview, called the meeting “secret”, what the NATO did not protest and continued his speech. He added that, in the opinion of Alliance, with Moscow “it is better to speak” and explain that NATO considers her behavior “unacceptable.” Vershbow also said that after freezing relations with Russia two years ago, NATO informed Moscow that “diplomatic channels remain open”.

On 20 April in Brussels will be the first since the June 2014 meeting of the Council Russia NATO. The parties will meet at the ambassadorial level, they will discuss “the crisis in Ukraine and around it” and the need to fully respect the Minsk agreements. The negotiations also raise the issue of security in Afghanistan.

The meeting will be a continuation of the political dialogue, but “return to normal cooperation until Russia will not respect international law”, noted in the Alliance. Russia’s envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko, in turn, claimed that the return to normal there will be no dialogue until the Alliance does not revise its attitude to Moscow.

Crimea was annexed to Russia according to the results of a referendum held in March 2014. The accession was made by 95% of participants. Kiev, the transition of the Peninsula under the control of Moscow does not recognize and calls it “annexation”. Moscow considers the Peninsula to be closed. “This issue is closed forever. Crimea is part of Russian territory”, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.