It is being billed as a brain-storming session ahead of next month’s NATO summit. The leaders of France, Germany and Russia are holding two days of informal talks to cement recently improved relations between the threesome.
Against the relaxed background of the French seaside resort of Deauville, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel want to get Dimitry Medvedev on board for closer economic and security ties between Russia and the EU.
“The Cold War is over and the threats to Russia are the same as those facing Europe,” said the French president.
A wary Moscow has accepted the invitation to November’s NATO meeting but wants more details on the proposed missile defence shield.
Sarkozy and Merkel hope to allay fears by stressing the shield is aimed at countering a missile threat from Iran. However Russia’s military believes it could also counter Russia’s long-range nuclear arsenal, weakening its deterrent and leaving it vulnerable.