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NATO-Russia Council met and issued joint statement

Dmitry Medvedev took part in a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of heads of state and government, whose main theme was Next Steps in NATO-Russia Cooperation. The Russian leader presented his proposals on building further cooperation between Russia and NATO.

Following the meeting, a Joint Statement was adopted by the heads of state and government of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) members.

The document notes, in particular, that the security of all states in the Euro-Atlantic community is indivisible and the security of NATO and Russia is interlinked.

The parties intend to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism, piracy and drug trafficking, including in Afghanistan.

In addition, the NRC has been tasked with a development of a comprehensive Joint Analysis of the future framework for broader missile defence cooperation.

The participants approved a Joint Review of 21st Century Common Security Challenges, outlining shared views on key security questions and ways to address them through practical cooperation.

On the sidelines of the summit Dmitry Medvedev had a number of bilateral meetings: with President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, President of the United States Barack Obama, and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. President Medvedev invited Hamid Karzai to visit Russia.

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