NATO opens first summit in two years with Russia

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NATO leaders and President Dmitry Medvedev Saturday opened their first summit since Russia waged a five-day war with US ally Georgia in 2008.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the summit would discuss Russian cooperation in an Alliance anti-missile defence system to be erected across Europe.

"Starting today we will being working to see how we pursue NATO Russia missile defence cooperation," Rasmussen said as the meeting opened.

"There are many issues still to address but he most important point is this: For the first time NATO nations and Russia will discuss cooperating to protect European territory and populations."

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