A two-day summit of NATO members convened earlier in the day in Brussels to discuss the challenges that rise before the bloc.
According to the NATO summit declaration following the summit in Brussels, “Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals, challenge the Alliance and are undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules-based international order.”
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However, the declaration reads further that the bloc remains open to dialogue with Moscow through the NATO-Russia Council
“For over two decades, NATO has worked to build a partnership with Russia, including through the mechanism of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC)… We remain open to a periodic, focused, and meaningful dialogue with a Russia willing to engage on the basis of reciprocity in the NRC, with a view to avoiding misunderstanding, miscalculation, and unintended escalation, and to increase transparency and predictability,” the alliance said in a declaration.
In addition, NATO member states called on Russia to withdraw its forces from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine as well as cease its support to the residents of the Ukrainian Donbass region, who had been in conflict with the Ukrainian central authorities since 2014.
“We reiterate our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,…