NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO and Russia had a "frank, serious and actually good meeting", despite “profound disagreements" between the two, referring to talks held between representatives of NATO and Russia in Brussels, Deutsche Welle reported.
"NATO and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements … (and) today's meeting did not change that," Stoltenberg said following the first such meeting in two years.
"Allies do not recognize Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. We stressed that the increase in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine in recent days is deeply disturbing. As are the recent incidents targeting OSCE monitors," the Secretary General stated.
Stoltenberg added that the Alliance will continue to maintain open “channels of communication” in order to decrease the incidents between member states and Russia.