Former sworn enemies NATO and Russia have agreed to work together on missile defence and other security issues, including Afghanistan. The news was announced at a summit in Lisbon, attended by Presidents Obama and Medvedev.
It is being hailed as a breakthrough in relations between the two sides, which were frozen after Russia’s military intervention in Georgia in 2008.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the meeting represented “a fresh start” towards more trust and cooperation. President Medvedev said “a period of difficult, strained relations has been overcome.”
On Friday, NATO leaders agreed to develop an anti-missile system to protect the territory of all member states in Europe and North America, and to invite Moscow to join the project. The system will be capable of intercepting long-range rockets fired from the Middle East.
Moscow also agreed to step up its work with NATO on Afghanistan, including by transporting equipment for the Alliance by rail through Russian territory.