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Russia ready to restore ties with NATO

07-24-2010 08:48 BJT

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Russia says it's ready to restore military cooperation with NATO almost two years after relations were frozen during its war with Georgia in 2008.

The chief of staff of Russian Armed Forces, Nikolai Makarov made the remarks in Moscow after meeting with Giampaolo di Paola, chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Ren Ting has the story.

The situation in Afghanistan is one of the major topics during discussions between Russia's top general and NATO military chiefs.

NATO has asked Russia for more help in the country.

Nikolai Makarov says Russia and NATO have similar long-term interests in Afghanistan. He said Russia would continue to provide transit routes for NATO cargo and personnel to support the US-led contingent in the country. He said Russia is also pursuing a possible deal to supply helicopters to the Afghan army.

Di Paola said in the next few months, NATO would focus on preparing a program of joint actions with Russia in 2011.

Major areas of cooperation would include search and rescue operations at sea, fighting terrorism, and the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

NATO severed ties with Russia in 2008, after Russia sent troops to crush an assault by Georgia on its breakaway region of South Ossetia.

There was a thaw in ties in January this year, when Russian and NATO chiefs of staff met in Brussels for talks.

The meeting resulted in a framework treaty on military cooperation.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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