Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance supports improvements to "political dialogue" and "military lines of communication." NATO-Russia relations reached a post-Cold War low after Moscow's illegal annexation of Crimea.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday told Germany's DPA news agency that he expects increased dialogue between Russia and the transatlantic alliance in 2018.
Relations between NATO and Russia deteriorated in the wake of Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
In the interview, Stoltenberg told DPA news agency:
"We are moving forward both on the political dialogue and the military lines of communication, and the whole alliance is behind that."
"We need to address the fact that we see a more assertive Russia to the east. At the same time NATO's message is that we don't want a new Cold War. We don't want a new arms race and we want political dialogue with Russia."
However, amid a push from Germany to foster communication with Russia, the US' top diplomat Tillerson told NATO ministers in December: "I think there is broad consensus among all the NATO members that there is no normalization of dialogue with Russia today."
What happens next: With 2018 around the corner, both sides are likely to continue using various channels of communication for practical military coordination and political dialogue, mostly to avoid an escalation of tensions.