Russia to not attend NATO summit Wales 2014 - newspaper

Every keynote item on the agenda of a NATO summit due in Wales on September 4-5 will be related to Russia one way or another but Russians are not invite to attend it, Kommersant wrote on Monday.

Every keynote item on the agenda of a NATO summit due in Wales on September 4-5 will be related to Russia one way or another but Russians are not invite to attend it, Kommersant wrote on Monday.

"In contrast to the previous years, Russian representatives are not invited to this summit," the newspaper said.

Sources at the NATO headquarters told the newspaper the Russian attendance of the Wales summit had been recognized as inexpedient.

In turn, sources in the Russian diplomatic community told Kommersant, "Moscow did not expect to be invited under the current circumstances."

"NATO decided to curtail cooperation with Russia already in April. It was not our idea and we were ready to carry on the joint work. It is a pity important projects have been frozen. The ball is in the alliance's court now and we will not angle for [collaboration]," a diplomatic source said.

The sources hope Russia-NATO relations may improve after former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg replaces Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the NATO Secretary General. Moscow has a neutrally positive attitude to Stoltenberg, while the incumbent secretary general has been irritating Moscow lately, Kommersant said.

The newspaper noted that Stoltenberg would ascend to the position of NATO Secretary General after the summit, on October 1.

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