Russia will not participate in an upcoming NATO-Russia meeting in light of the expulsion of two Russian envoys to NATO in Brussels.
A Russia-NATO council meeting was scheduled for May 19 in which Russian Foregin Minister Sergey Lavrov was supposed to take part. However, Russian representative to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, has said that Russia does not plan to take part in it.
“I have to announce that the Russia-NATO council meeting will not take place,” said Rogozin.
“I must state that the alliance is not willing to renew the political dialogue with Russia,” he added. “We will follow the development of the situation.”
NATO expressed regret at the decision by Russia to call off the NATO-Russia council meeting.
“We received the information about Russia’s wish not to participate in the meeting. The General Secretary of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took the information with regret,” said a NATO representative.
“We hope that in short time we will come to an understanding and in the near future we will hold the council meeting.”