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Russia wants summit with NATO well-prepared

07-17-2010 08:32 BJT

MOSCOW, July 16 (Xinhua) -- A Russia-NATO summit may take place only when the meeting has been prepared thoroughly, Russia's permanent representative to the NATO headquarters Dmitri Ragozin said on Friday.

He said that the final decision on the possibility of such a meeting would be made by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev personally, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The Russia-NATO summit is an event where all 29 leaders would gather to discuss military and political security face to face behind closed doors.

Ragozin pointed out that such a summit would make sense only if its agenda was substantive enough.

"Otherwise, these meetings can only bring disappointments," he said.

Moscow wants NATO to consider Russian proposals on security it submitted in more constructive way, Ragozin added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov submitted the proposals on a draft agreement in security sphere between Russia and NATO in December 2009. According to the proposals, Russia and NATO can not consider each other as the enemy and must build their defense in a way that would not impose any threats to the opposite side. The proposals were discussed on Friday.

The documents also introduced certain limitations on usage of the ground armed forces, navy and air forces.

However, Ragozin stressed, NATO representatives have been trying to avoid adoption of any judicially-binding obligations that would define the substance of relations between the Alliance and Moscow.

"We are interested in these meetings for it may bring real fruits for our people, not for the sake of meetings. For that purpose, diplomats should stop putting a spoke in 29 wheels," Ragozin concluded.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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