Friday, April 17, 2009
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday slammed NATO’s planned exercises in Georgia as “dangerous”, warning the war games would further strain Moscow’s tense relations with the alliance.
Analysts said Medvedev’s comments — some of his sharpest to date — reflected Moscow’s bitter disappointment with NATO’s decision just weeks after he and US President Barack Obama hailed a new era in US-Russian ties.
“I think this is a wrong decision, a dangerous decision,” Medvedev said of the planned exercises next month, at a news conference with visiting Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
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“Such decisions are disappointing and do not facilitate the resumption of full-scale contacts between the Russian Federation and NATO,” a stern Medvedev said.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation announced earlier this week that it would hold exercises in Georgia from May 6 to June 1 to improve cooperation between the alliance and partner countries.
This article was posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 at 10:54 am