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Nato ministers to renew contact with Russia

By Jane Fazackarley     Mar 5, 2009 in Politics
It has been announced that Nato members are to continue their talks with Russia. Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State has described this as a "fresh start"
Talks initiated from the Nato-Russian council were put on hold after the short war last year between Russia and Georgia. The Russian envoy has recently spoke in favour of this war..
The UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has the new relationship will make is possible to interact with Moscow "in a hardheaded way".
Countries such as Germany and France have been pushing for the reestablishment of the links describing the breakdown as "counter-productive"
Dimitry Rogozin, the Russian envoy to Nato has spoken of what he expects to gain from the discussions due to be held in Brussels and he sees Moscow as being in a strong position
The Russian envoy said:
"Our Western colleagues saw in Russia a partner that one cannot wipe one's feet on. We are strong... and we are restoring cooperation, including on our terms."
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also commented:
"It's time to explore a fresh start, We can and must find ways to work constructively with Russia where we share areas of common interest, including helping the people of Afghanistan."
"We should continue to open Nato's door to European countries such as Georgia and Ukraine and help them meet Nato standards"
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