NATO 'pleased' with Russian acceptance of summit invite
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed Tuesday a decision by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to attend a summit with NATO leaders in Lisbon next month.
"I am pleased that President Medvedev has joined the other leaders of the member states of the NATO-Russia Council in accepting my invitation to participate in a NATO-Russia Council summit," Rasmussen said.
"The summit will be an important opportunity to deepen and broaden the political dialogue and practical cooperation between the NATO-Russia Council members, to enhance our shared security," he said in a statement.
The leaders of the Western military alliance are due to meet on November 19 and 20 in the Portuguese capital, and had invited their Russian counterpart to take part in a side meeting of the NATO-Russia council.
In Lisbon, NATO will unveil its new "strategic concept", the framework within which the European and North American allies intend to coordinate their defence and foreign policy goals.
The alliance will notably discuss plans for a missile defence system, which has in the past rekindled Cold War rivalries with Moscow but which Western powers now hope Russia will participate in.
© 2010 AFP