Russia, NATO diplomats to meet in Brussels on Wednesday

A meeting of the Russia-NATO council at the level of ambassadors will be held on Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Russia’s mission to the alliance has said.

Diplomats from Russia and NATO countries will meet to discuss preparations for the upcoming December 4 meeting of the Russia-NATO Council’s foreign ministers.
The ministerial meeting, the first official one to be held since the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia, will be organized as part of a session of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 3-4.

The diplomats will also discuss the forthcoming visit to Moscow by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, also due in December.

During an informal ministerial meeting in Greece in June, Russia and NATO agreed to renew cooperation on security issues, which was frozen after Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war in August over the former Georgian republic of South Ossetia, after which Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another former Georgian republic.

Relations have also been strained by Russia’s resistance to Georgia and Ukraine’s bids to join NATO.

NATO foreign ministers resolved to restore full-scale cooperation with Russia during their March 5 meeting in Brussels.

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