NATO has agreed to thaw relations with Russia after suspending them in the wake of Moscow's military incursion into Georgia last August, but NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says the relationship will remain "conditional".
REUTERS - NATO on Tuesday agreed to gradually resume contacts with
"Allies agreed on what I would qualify as a conditional and graduated reengagement with
De Hoop Scheffer said operational meetings of the NATO-Russia Council, a forum that manages the relationship, would resume informally.
But he said this did not mean NATO had changed its view that
The 26 NATO allies had reaffirmed a pledge -- which has angered
The decision came hours after the 27-member European Union resumed talks on a broad-ranging partnership pact with
The EU agreed last month that
European capitals had urged NATO to study resuming full contacts with
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said before the meeting she did not oppose "in principle" reviving contacts with
But referring to Russian troops still in Georgian breakaway regions, she said NATO should be very cautious about any move on military-to-military cooperation.
Date created : 2008-12-02