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Stoltenberg and Lavrov held talks at the UN General Assembly
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg appealed to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov with a proposal to resume direct dialogue between the military bloc and our country. The politicians discussed bilateral relations in the “Russia-NATO” format during negotiations at the UN General Assembly.
Grigory Karasin, Chairman of the RF Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, spoke about this. The parliamentarian stressed that the proposal to resume the direct format was made by the head of the military-political alliance as soon as he entered the room for negotiations with the Russian delegation. According to him, Stoltenberg said he was tired “from a dive.”
In response, the Russian Foreign Minister offered to come to agreements on specific goals instead of “fruitless negotiations for many years.” In particular, as the senator noted, Lavrov drew attention to the need to withdraw troops at the points of contact between the armed forces of Russia and NATO for several tens of kilometers.
Lavrov offered Stoltenberg to sign a corresponding agreement, however, according to Karasin, the NATO secretary general stated that such a decision was impossible. Meanwhile, the head of the North Atlantic bloc offered Russia to return its representative to Brussels.
The parliamentarian stressed that during the negotiations at the UN General Assembly, the parties did not reach specific agreements. However, according to him, both the Russian delegation and NATO representatives understood that the situation in the future would not be easy.
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