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Russia informed NATO on postponing the Chiefs of Staff meeting2009-04-22 11:35
Russia officially informed NATO of postponing the meeting of Russia-NATO Council at the level of Chiefs of Staff , planned for May 7th , stated an employee of the Russian Permanent Representative's office to the Alliance - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The reason for this decision are the planned military maneuvers in Georgia under the aegis of NATO.
"Army General Alexey Maslov, the chief military representative of Russia to NATO informed his counterparts at the meeting of Russia - NATO Council at the level of chief military representatives, held in Brussels", the source shared.
The Cooperative Longbow 09/Cooperative Lancer 09 multinational maneuvers under the aegis of NATO will be held in Georgia from May 6th to June 1st, 1 300 military servicemen from the Alliance member and partner countries will participate. According to NATO, the maneuvers will be conducted without weapons or military machinery.
Dmitri Medvedev, the President of Russia, expressed Moscow's negative attitude to the coming military exercises. In his view, NATO decision to conduct them in Georgia in May 2009 will not favor approximation with Russia and threatens complications.
Dmitri Rogozin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO claimed the Nikolai Makarov, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia will not go to Brussels until the political cooperation of the Alliance with Moscow, severed after Russia's military operation in South Ossetia in August 2008, is fully restored.
Previously he turned to NATO leaders with a request to cancel the exercises claiming they are of provocative character and do not favor the decrease of tension in Caucasus.
At the same time Robert Wood, the U.S. Department of State representative stated that NATO maneuvers in Georgia are no threat for Russia or anybody else and had been planned long before.