NATO-Russia Council to Meet for First Time Since 2014

The NATO-Russia meeting has been called amid complaints that Russian warplanes have been provocatively circling the U.S. Navy in the Baltic Sea.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) addresses a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels February 10, 2016.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) addresses a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels February 10, 2016. Credit: Yves Herman/ Reuters

The NATO-Russia Council is meeting for the first time in nearly two years, with the U.S.-led alliance planning to object to what it deems provocative and dangerous actions by Moscow's military.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday's meeting at alliance headquarters is being held to exchange views on Ukraine and other issues, but also to discuss improving "mechanisms of risk-reduction related to military activities."

Last week, U.S. officials accused Russian warplanes of repeatedly buzzing a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, coming as close as 30 feet. Russia's Defense Ministry rejected the U.S. complaints.

The NATO-Russia Council was founded in 2002 as a forum for consultations between the former Cold War foes, but last met in June 2014, when the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine sent relations with the West into the deep freeze.

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