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Russia threatens to pull out of NATO meeting | World | Deutsche Welle | 20.04.2009
Russia has threatened to cancel a May 7 meeting with senior NATO officials if the western military alliance goes ahead with planned exercises in Georgia.  

Russia, which has been at loggerheads with Georgia since a fighting a brief war in August, has repeatedly criticized any cooperation between NATO and the pro-Western Georgian government in Tbilisi.

"From Russia's point of view, and from Georgia's point of view, and from the viewpoint of world affairs, such war games carry a clearly provocative character," Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said.

However, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, speaking at a press conference in Stockholm on Monday underlined his country's right as a sovereign state to host the exercises.

by Fran on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 05:02:22 PM EST
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