NATO's Rasmussen's visit to Russia agreed upon, dates not set yet - Russian diplomat

Russia and NATO have reached an agreement on NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's visit to Russia, although they have not yet set the dates for it, says Russia's permanent representative at NATO Alexander Grushko.

"There is an agreement on a visit in principle, but the dates have not yet been discussed. It is important to carefully prepare Secretary General and NATO-Russia Council Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen's trip to Russia," Grushko said in an interview with Interfax.

Russia's dialogue with NATO at the high level is developing quite intensively, Grushko said.

"December 2012 saw a NATO-Russia Council meeting of foreign ministers, at which the participants passed a council action program for 2013, and the chiefs of staff met in January to endorse a military cooperation program," he said.

More high-level contacts are planned now "to maintain the dynamics of political dialogue and Russia-NATO relations on the whole," Grushko said.

In commenting on the opinion that relations between Russia and NATO are gradually rolling back to a so-called Cold Peace, Grushko said he was against such "simplistic definitions."

"Surely, we have problems and differences on a number of issues, but we also have an area of common interests, in which we are developing cooperation, which truly strengthens security of Russia and the NATO countries," he said.

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