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Merkel welcomes Medvedev's decision to attend NATO summit

RIA Novosti

15:59 22/10/2010

BERLIN, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's decision to participate in the forthcoming NATO summit in Lisbon.

Russian president agreed on Tuesday to attend the NATO summit in Lisbon on November 19 and 20.

"We want to outline in Lisbon how to further develop relations between Russia and NATO," Merkel told journalists after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Moscow hopes the Russian-NATO Council summit in Lisbon will clear up the situation around NATO's European missile defense plan, Russia's envoy to the military alliance Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.

Rasmussen has repeatedly said that NATO wants Russia to be part of the missile shield, but Russia said a serious assessment of missile risks should be carried out before starting on the project.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he has discussed the problem with Rasmussen.

"I believe we will agree (in Lisbon) on a treaty which will satisfy everybody," the French president said.

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