NATO Secretary General: There are differences between NATO and Russia over Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 19 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
There are "fundamental differences" between the NATO and Russia over Georgia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a briefing in Brussels on Thursday.
The briefing was shown by the Georgian television.
Rasmussen said he stated this position during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the frame of the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels on April 19.
"We have discussed those areas where we still have fundamental differences. One such issue is Georgia, where NATO supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders," the NATO Secretary General said.
Plans of the Alliance for a missile shield in Europe "is another issue where we have not yet been able to find agreement," Rasmussen said.
According to Rasmussen, after the establishment of the NATO-Russia Council 10 years ago, the alliance and Moscow have made progress on some issues, but are moving slowly in other ones. But we have gone forward in general.
Rasmussen added that the NATO-Russia Council is a valuable forum for discussion of any matter at any time "because the dialogue is not always easy and we continue to look for options."