NATO and Russia have agreed to relaunch relations that were suspended over Russia's incursion last August into Georgian territory and Moscow's subsequent recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
AFP - The NATO-Russia Council is "up and running" again, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Saturday after NATO and Russian foreign ministers agreed to relaunch relations.
"It was my ambition to leave to my successor a NATO-Russia Council which is up and running," the outgoing secretary general told a news conference at the end of the NRC talks on the Greek island of Corfu.
"I can confirm after the meeting that just ended that I have achieved that aim," Scheffer said.
Scheffer said "fundamental differences" of opinion remained between the alliance and Moscow over Georgia, whose five-day war with Russia last August and the subsequent Russian recognition of the independence of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia caused a crisis in relations.
"In the near future the trains shall not meet," he said.
"But this is not a stumbling block any more for the fact that there are lots of things in the NRC we can discuss."
Date created : 2009-06-27