Russia ‘May Cancel NATO Meeting’ Over War Games in Georgia
20 Apr 09 | BBC
Russia has threatened to pull out of a meeting with senior Nato commanders if the alliance goes ahead with planned exercises in Georgia next month.
Russia’s ambassador to Nato, Dmitry Rogozin, said its president and foreign minister had raised concerns and that the government was awaiting a response.
“If there is no reaction, we shall take certain steps,” he told Russian TV.
Nato says the exercises were planned before last year’s conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.
The war led to Nato temporarily cutting high-level contacts with Moscow.
Georgia hopes eventually to join Nato, a move strongly opposed by Russia, which says the alliance’s eastward expansion is a threat to its security. >>>
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