After a nearly two-year-long pause and upon the suggestion of the alliance, the Russia-NATO Council (RNC) met at the level of permanent representatives in Brussels on April 20.

The participants discussed in detail the Ukraine crisis as they emphasised the need for a full, phased-in implementation of the Minsk agreements, the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, regional terrorist threats, and risks arising from the unprecedented build-up by NATO of its military activities and infrastructure in the regions that border Russia.


The Riyadh group of the Syrian opposition announced its decision to suspend its participation in inter-Syrian dialogue under the UN aegis in Geneva. It said it could revise this decision if the Syrian Government complies with its many requirements. These ultimatum demands are based on the groundless accusations of Damascus of ceasefire violations, preventing the humanitarian access to the needy population and the lack of readiness for the unilateral release of imprisoned militants.


On April 12, the US Department of State submitted to Congress its annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. As usual, Washington reported on the United States’ model adherence to and compliance with all its commitments while posing as a self-appointed teacher charged with assessing other countries’ behaviour in this respect.

Even a cursory analysis of the report shows that it is not a serious document that reflects the real state of affairs in arms control and disarmament.

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