Representatives from NATO and Russia are meeting in Brussels to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The NATO-Russia Council Meeting (NRC) will be the first public contact between the two since the crisis in Crimea began last week.
“For NATO, it’s a question of long term strategy,” said Ian Lesser from The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
“What should NATO be thinking about the relationship with Russia, maybe even the containment of Russian power in the wake of this crisis? In terms of Western perceptions and perceptions within the alliance, a lot of harm has been done,” he added.
Russia’s ambassador to NATO is attending the meeting, called by NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
It is a step in the path to diplomacy, according to euronews correspondent in Brussels, Andrei Beketov.
From outside the European Council, Beketov said: “NATO is trying to begin talking with Russia about the ways of reducing the tension with Ukraine. If this attempt at dialogue fails, Russia will face an increased threat of international sanctions. They will be discussed here when EU leaders meet here on Thursday.”