NATO and Russia Resume Military Ties

By: AP
By: AP

CORFU, Greece (AP) _ NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says the alliance and Russia have agreed to resume
military ties after 10-month hiatus caused by the war between
Russia and Georgia.

Relations between the alliance and the Russian military were frozen in the aftermath of the five-day war last August. Although political ties have thawed considerably over the past five months, there have been no formal military contacts since then.

Scheffer, who is ending his term as NATO head, said Saturday it had been his ambition to leave his successor with a NATO-Russia Council that was ``up and running.''

He said that aim had been achieved at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers with their Russian counterpart on the Greek island of
Corfu. It was the first high-level meeting since the Georgian war.

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