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NATO for restoration of relations with Russia, but maintains its position in regard to Georgia2009-04-03 12:31
NATO maintains its position in regard to Georgia, but wants to restore relations with Russia, said Robert Simmons, NATO Deputy Secretary General, in his interview to The Kommersant, published today.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Simmons, the spring ministerial meeting with participation of the Foreign Minister of Russia Lavrov is supposed and now merely needs to be dated. - ITAR TASS.
On the threshold of the anniversary NATO summit Simmons expressed confidence that at the meeting all the heads of states are likely to decide to expand cooperation with Russia, though all of them will surely again worry about the events of 2008 in Georgia.
The Deputy Secretary General reiterated worries about Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
At the same time, NATO accepts that Russia took some steps to settle the situation in Caucasus via its participation in the Geneva Talks and has already drawn the significant part of its forces from the conflict area, Simmons said.
It must be considered that though last summer NATO couldn't ignore the excessive reaction from the Russian side and didn't interact at the high political level, since NATO had a developing cooperation, including Afghanistan, antiterrorist and anti-drug campaigns, the Deputy Secretary General added.