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NATO will re-engage with Russia2008-12-03 17:42
NATO will lay down no conditions for resumption of cooperation with Russia, stopped unilaterally by the alliance in connection with the conflict in Georgia, stated today Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary-General, RIA-Novosti informed.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He underlined that the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia must be discussed at the Genovese talks. De Hoop Scheffer added that it is not NATO issue, though they are concerned for implementation of all the points of the Medvedev-Sarcozy plan.
According to Secretary-General, his purpose is to conduct informal political consultations with Russia and assess the chance for official resumption of Russia-NATO Council.
De Hoop Scheffer mentioned that the primary condition (of dialog with Russia) was Russians saying "yes", and he saw some positive indicators.
Dmitry Rogozin, Russian Permanent Representative to NATO had previously mentioned that informal dialog with NATO Secretary-General could be restored before end 2008.
Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, in her turn, stated that her country "in principle" supports NATO re-engagement with Russia, with the possible exception of military cooperation, ITAR-TASS informed.