It is an olive branch has presented Russia’s new Secretary General of NATO, while the latter on Wednesday adopted a more conciliatory tone toward Russia, saying that now there is an opportunity improving relations between Moscow and the West.

“We see an opportunity in the cease-fire was established in eastern Ukraine,” said Jens Stoltenberg.

Former Finnish Prime Minister took the leadership of the Alliance Wednesday, replacing Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He told reporters only see “no contradiction” between a strong NATO and the quest for better relations with Russia. But he also asked Moscow to respect international law and called for a “clear change” in Russian behavior.

He added that the Alliance will respond with “open” if Moscow was to request a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, whose work is suspended since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March.

Stoltenberg, who led Finland for two terms, becoming the 13th Secretary General of NATO since its inception 65 years ago. Analysts believe that his style more diplomatic generate less friction than its predecessor.

“I’m expecting a more moderate discourse and what he is trying to keep the dialogue open,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Institute for Peace Research in Oslo, Norway.

Stoltenberg was chosen unanimously by the Council of the North Atlantic in March, succeeding Mr. Rasmussen. Russian President Vladimir Putin was pleased with his choice, as he often had to deal with the 55 year old man when he ruled Finland.

Traditionally, a European heads the headquarters of NATO in Brussels, while American military acts as supreme commander of the Alliance. Stoltenberg is the first secretary-general to come from a NATO member country bordering Russia.

He became leader of the Alliance when the relations of the organization are strained with Russia, but also at a time when it faces a host of security problems, ranging from hacking hackers who s’ prey on ships off the coast of the Horn of Africa.

“As we all know, NATO is not only a security alliance. It is a family of values ‚Äč‚Äčthat crossed the Atlantic and defends nearly one billion citizens of our allies’ countries, said Mr. Stoltenberg earlier this month.

Mr. Harpviken believes that the new Secretary General has the skills necessary to ensure the unity of the members of the Alliance.

“He rarely seeks conflict to which it is, he has said. He enjoys consensus. It may not be a visionary, but he is able to move forward in small steps. ”