Recently, relations between NATO and Russia have been tense, and official contacts have been limited since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
The 30-member Western alliance is also concerned over Russia's nuclear missile development, aerial intrusions into NATO airspace, and the buzzing of allied ships by Russian fighter planes.
The main forum for dialogue between the two sides, the NATO-Russia Council, is stalled.
NATO's move was the second time the alliance took action against Russia on such a scale after it expelled seven Russian diplomats from the mission following the 2018 poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the English city Salisbury.
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