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NATO restores formal contacts with Russia

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NATO restores formal contacts with Russia


NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to restore formal ties with Russia.

Attending her first NATO summit, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed for a fresh start in relations. But Nato’s Secretary General admitted differences with Moscow remained. ‘‘We will urge Russia to meet fully its commitments with respect to Georgia and, let me mention on top of what I already did, withdrawal from the areas that Russia has committed to leave. I mentioned already the monitors and Russia’s responsibility with regards to security and order,’‘ said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. NATO cut ties with Moscow last August in protest at Russia’s military incursion into Georgia during the conflict with Tiblisi over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. The Kremlin has welcomed NATO’s latest decision. Despite Moscow’s fierce opposition to Ukraine and Georgia’s entry into the military bloc, the US and NATO are keen to cooperate with Russia in the war in Afghanistan and other issues such as Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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