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Russia-NATO draft accords ready for approval - envoy

RIA Novosti

23:23 03/12/2009 BRUSSELS, December 3 (RIA Novosti) - Ambassadors of Russia and NATO states have approved all three documents drafted for Friday's meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the level of foreign ministers, Russia's envoy to the alliance said.

"The ministers only have to give the nod for the documents to acquire legal force," Dmitry Rogozin after Thursday's meeting.

The Russia-NATO Council held an extraordinary meeting at the level of ambassadors, ahead of the foreign ministerial session.

The discussions focused on three documents to be submitted for signing on Friday, including a working program for 2010, an instruction to start reviewing new threats, and a document on improving the Council's structure and operations.

Rogozin said that "all amendments of interest to Russia and of vital importance have been adopted."

On Tuesday, Rogozin said Canada had blocked the adoption of the documents to be considered at the upcoming meeting, adding there are factions in NATO that still regard Russia as a "Cold War" rival and oppose any "reset" of relations.



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