NATO's chief says the alliance may not get its wish of meeting with Russian government representatives before NATO's July 8-9 summit in Warsaw.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press Wednesday that the alliance wants the meeting "to prevent misunderstandings, miscalculations and try to reduce tensions" with Moscow.

In April, NATO foreign ministers agreed to seek a pre-summit convening of the NATO-Russia Council, where the Kremlin is represented by an ambassador and other officials.

But Stoltenberg said, "I am not certain whether that is possible ... but hopefully we will be able to have it shortly after the summit."

He declined to explain why the meeting may take place later than NATO had hoped.

"We are now in dialogue with Russia on the agenda, on the modalities," Stoltenberg said.