Medvedev to attend NATO summit in Lisbon
DEAUVILLE, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he would attend the NATO summit in Lisbon on November 20.
"I would like to announce that I will attend the Russia-NATO summit which will be held on November 20 in Lisbon," Medvedev said at a joint press conference after talks with the leaders of France and Germany in Deauville, France.
"I believe, this will facilitate [the process of] reaching compromises and developing dialogue between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Alliance," the Russian president added.
Moscow hopes the Russian-NATO Council summit in Lisbon will make clear the situation with the European missile defense plan, Russia's envoy to the military alliance Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
"I am very glad that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he would visit the NATO summit in Lisbon; this is a good message as the relations between Russia and NATO should be placed onto a good basis," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
"All the threats we see in the world are partially threats to us," Merkel added.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has repeatedly said that NATO wanted Russia to be part of a missile defense plan for Europe, but Russia said a serious assessment of missile risks should be carried out before starting on the project.
A political decision (concerning the European missile shield project) should be made in Lisbon October 19-20, Rogozin said during an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station, adding that "at the moment we can localize existing threats ourselves."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he has discussed the problem with Rasmussen. "I believe we will agree on a treaty which will satisfy everybody [during the summit in Lisbon]," the French president said.
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