We are talking about the meetings of top military leaders of NATO and Russia, the discussion of the irritants in bilateral relations and other contacts
The head of the Russian General staff Valery Gerasimov and commander of the United armed forces of NATO in Europe Curtis Scaparotti may meet in January in Baku. It is reported by BuzzFeed, citing unnamed us and European officials. This will be the first meeting of such level after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
According to BuzzFeed, other meetings scheduled for January and February include talks on the situation in Donbass between the assistant of Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov and special envoy of the USA to Ukraine with Kurt Volker. In addition, the possible meeting of state Department official Tom Shannon and Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, which will discuss the problems in Russian-American relations. Also planned for discussion of issues related to the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF).
“It’s all part of the normal diplomatic work, and no one should be surprised that there are many issues that we need to discuss with the Russians”, – said the publication of us state Department spokesman Heather Nauert.
The Obama administration has imposed a ban on the meeting of the Supreme military leader of NATO with his Russian counterpart after the Russian annexation of Crimea. Predecessor, Scaparotti, General Philip Breedlove, did not hold such meetings during the period of its operation from may 2013 to may 2016.
“I was forbidden to contact, – said Breedlove diplomatic cooling age of Obama. – But now in such a meeting more pluses than minuses”.
“Right now the confidence and the contacts to zero. We need to conduct a meaningful conversation,” he added.
A NATO spokesman declined to confirm or deny the upcoming meeting in Azerbaijan, stating that “any future contacts will be announced properly”. However, he noted that Scaparotti and Gerasimov spoke on the phone and showed “a clear mutual interest in maintaining military communication channels”.