NATO talks slow on Ukraine, advance on Baltic air safety
BRUSSELS | NATO and Russia remain at loggerheads over Ukraine, the alliance’s top official said Monday, but have discussed a proposal to try to improve air safety over the Baltic Sea.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the 28-nation military alliance and Russia “have profound disagreements on the crisis” in Ukraine. He said NATO allies “recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.”
Mr. Stoltenberg’s remarks came after the NATO-Russia Council, their main forum for dialogue, met in Brussels Monday for more than three hours.
The meeting included talks on ways to avoid incidents and accidents between Russian and NATO forces, particularly in the Baltic region. Russia has annoyed NATO with snap war games or by buzzing the alliance’s ships and aircraft with fighter jets, as well as what NATO sees as aggressive use of propaganda.