BRUSSELS, June 02 /ITAR-TASS/. A session of the Russia-NATO Council (RNC) session on the situation in Ukraine is to be held here on Monday. On the eve of the ambassadorial-level conference suggested by the Russian side, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed the fact of withdrawal of "approximately two-thirds of Russian troops" from the border with Ukraine.
Following Crimea's re-unification with the Russian Federation, the North Atlantic Alliance announced suspension of the entire scope of cooperation with Russia and then also suspended all technical expert contacts, with the exception of RNC sessions held for the sake of "maintaining the dialogue".
The latest RNC session was held in Brussels on March 5. At the session, the countries of the Alliance virtually refused to listen to Russia's arguments. Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of Russia at NATO, sad at the close of the session, "We were disappointed with the results of the session". He said the meeting turned into "the reading out of national statements".
In the situation regarding Ukraine's crisis, the North Atlantic Alliance, which states a resolute support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, decided against directly intervening in the situation in the republic while starting to take measures to enhance the collective defense of the Eastern European members of the Alliance in the air, at sea, and on land.