NATO-Russia Council to hold meeting on Monday

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that the Western alliance's main forum for dialogue with Russia, the NATO-Russia Council, will meet next week.

Stoltenberg said as he arrived Thursday at a summit of European Union leaders that the meeting of ambassadors will be held on Monday.

NATO's ties with Russia have been severely strained since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

NATO-Russia Council meetings resumed earlier this year after a freeze in talks but so far have made no progress.