“We understand the vital importance of dialogue with Russia, and we are open to such interaction,” said Stoltenberg, quoted by RIA Novosti.

He explained that NATO foreign ministers discussed a "combined approach" to relations with Russia.

According to him, this approach combines "containment, where necessary, and openness to dialogue."

Earlier, during a discussion at the Valdai Club, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko spoke about the possibility of restoring a normal dialogue with NATO.

According to him, for this "fundamental shifts must take place in NATO itself in the Russian direction."

At the same time, the deputy minister noted that a signal had been sent to Moscow that the Russian mission to NATO would not have a normal diplomatic life.