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Berlusconi praises Russia's European security initiatives

RIA Novosti

18:59 03/12/2009 ROME, December 3 (RIA Novosti) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he thinks "highly" of the Russian president's European security proposal.

"President Medvedev has sent me a detailed letter on European security, which reflects a new approach to the Euro-Atlantic region, I think highly of it. We are studying this document and consider it important," he said.

He added that he would discuss the proposals with his NATO counterparts "during the forthcoming NATO council meeting, to be held in Brussels next week."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed drawing up a new European security pact in June 2008, and Russia published a draft of the treaty on Sunday, sending copies to heads of state and international organizations, including NATO.

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