Stoltenberg spoke about the progress in relations between NATO and Russia

MOSCOW, 4 APR — RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he sees progress in the relations of NATO and Russia.

“We disagree on many issues, but we have made progress, for example, in regard to the transparency of the movement of troops,” Stoltenberg said in an interview with Handelsblatt, responding to a question about whether he sees signs of improvement in the relations of NATO and Russia.

He also noted that NATO does not want confrontation with Russia and a new arms race. “Russia remains our neighbour with whom we need and want to find a common language. For this reason, we should not stop dialogue with Russia”, — he said.

In addition, Stoltenberg said that NATO is serious about addressing cyber security and reminded about the possibility of applying the fifth article of the NATO Charter in case of cyber attacks on key infrastructure objects of the Alliance. The relevant article of the Charter suggests the possibility of individual or joint response of the Alliance, including the use of armed force in an attack on one NATO member States.

Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said earlier that Moscow receives more and more signals that NATO would like to resume the dialogue, but in practice no signs of thawing. The Russian side has repeatedly declared its readiness to establish equal dialogue with the Alliance and participating countries on a whole range of problems.