“There will not be a NATO-Russia Council meeting at Chicago,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed to journalists on Monday. The NATO summit has been scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 20-21.
Earlier, Russia and the United States announced that they believed there was no point in holding the meeting as they had failed to agree on a number of issues, including European missile defense.
According to RIA-Novosti, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that also, because of the unresolved issues, Moscow remained undecided as to the level of its involvement in the NATO summit.
He said that when Russia was invited to NATO's Chicago summit, it wondered whether this meant that Russia would start taking part in the alliance's regular meetings held in Brussels. But that turned out not to be the case as it was a one-off invitation to take part in the celebrations marking the alliance's achievements in Afghanistan, said Mr. Lavrov.