May 20, 2016 / 11:43 AM / a year ago

Russia raps NATO for deciding on meetings with Moscow unilaterally: agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg should have consulted Moscow before announcing that the military alliance will hold a new meeting of the Russia-NATO council before NATO’s July summit, Interfax news agency quoted the Russian foreign minister as saying on Friday.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg briefs the media ahead of a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“Why on earth did he say that? The Russia-NATO council works on the basis of consensus,” Interfax cited Sergei Lavrov as saying and expressing Moscow’s “bewilderment”. “If they want to discuss this, let him discuss this with us instead of making his way to the microphone.”

NATO is due to hold its next summit in Warsaw in early July.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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