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Nato-Russia Council to meet for first time since 2014

Published 08/04/2016

The announcement was made by Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg
The announcement was made by Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg

The Nato-Russia Council is to meet within the next two weeks for the first time since 2014, the military alliance's chief has said.

The announcement from Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg was a sign both sides might be seeking an improvement in relations, which have been in the deep freeze since Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Nato accuses Moscow of violating its international obligations by annexing Crimea, and of backing a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

The meeting with the Russian ambassador, to be held at Nato headquarters in Brussels, "is the continuation of our political dialogue as agreed by Nato heads of state and government," Mr Stoltenberg said.

"At the same time, there will be no return to business as usual until Russia again respects international law."

Nato officials said the council last met in June 2014.

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