NATO-Russia Council to Discuss Ukraine Crisis

Diplomacy | June 2, 2014, Monday // 09:37|  views

NATO-Russia meeting comes after weeks of argument among Russian and Western officials over whether the Russian troops have left Ukraine's borders. The alliance maintained they had not, basing its claims on satellite images. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russia and NATO are to hold talks over the situation in Ukraine on Monday's joint session in Brussels.

The meeting at an ambassadorial level called by Moscow comes after the alliance froze on April 1 all cooperation within the NATO-Russia Council except political dialogue between high representatives. 

It also comes three months after the latest talks over the Ukraine crisis held on March 5, which yielded no results.

Days ahead of the meeting NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that most of the Russian troops along the border with Ukraine had been pulled out.

The 40 000 (according to alliance estimates) soldiers have caused alarm among NATO officials and countries neighboring Ukraine since the weeks after Crimea's absorption into the Russian Federation in mid-March.

Prior to this week, Kremlin representatives have repeatedly declared the withdrawal of most troops, but no evidence has been provided.

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