The Russia-NATO Joint Permanent Council has opened session in Iceland's capital. The work started with a conference of the top three--Lord George Robertson, NATO Secretary-General, and the Russian and Czech Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Czechia entered the Big Three on the NATO rotation arrangement. A complete-attendance session followed the short conference to discuss a package of understandings on which Russian partnership with NATO will shift to Format Twenty.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election