differences in the approaches of Russia and the West to the Ukraine issue did
not allow the Russia-NATO Council to agree on the algorithm for further steps.
This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko after the
meeting, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
He noted that Russia's position on the situation near Ukraine’s borders is absolutely clear, de-escalation is possible.
"First of all, the authorities in Kyiv must be forced to fully implement the Minsk agreements. (…) If the Minsk agreements are implemented – there will be no threat to Ukraine's security or territorial integrity. In order to facilitate such a de-escalation, NATO countries must stop any kind of assistance to Ukraine, stop arming supplies there, recall inspectors, instructors, officers and soldiers, as required by the relevant provisions of the Minsk Agreements," said Grushko.
of the Russian Federation added that "there are no other ways to improve
the situation around Ukraine, except for the implementation of the Minsk