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NATO Secretary General: Georgian issue is a matter of principle

2009-12-17 11:27

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, said the Alliance wasn't prepared for compromise with Russia over Georgia - RIA Novosti.

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When asked by journalists whether his talks with Russian leaders meant the bloc had changed its position on the August 2008 war, Rasmussen answered NATO was not ready to reach a compromise on issues of principal importance.

NATO suspended relations with Russia after 5-day war in South Ossetia and recognition of the 2 regions [South Ossetia and Abkhazia] by Moscow in August 2008, but relations have improved in recent months.

On Tuesday Rasmussen paid his first official visit to Moscow, seeking greater Russian assistance for international operations in Afghanistan.

 

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