Source Pravda.Ru

NATO's cooperation with Russia and Ukraine to be discussed on the second day of the NATO summit in Prague

The key subject to be discussed on Friday, November 22nd, the second day of the NATO summit in Prague, will be NATO's cooperation with Russia, Ukraine and other countries.

At its morning meeting the Russia-NATO Council will sum up its work and map up a plan of actions for 2003. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that "despite the fact that the Council was set up quite recently, it has already demonstrated its being an effective mechanism for resolving problems which both Russia and the NATO countries come up against." The Russia-NATO Council meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) which includes 46 states - NATO member-countries, and East European and Middle Asian countries. Russia will also take part in the work of EAPC.

A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will be held in the evening of the same day. It will be held at a foreign ministerial level, and not at top level, as was earlier planned. This was initiated by the NATO headquarters in Brussels after accusations were voiced against Kiev of supplying Kolchuga radar systems to Iraq.

President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine intends to personally take part in a meeting of the North-Atlantic Partnership Council on Friday. RIA Novosti was told by an official NATO spokesman who asked not to be named: "for our part, we explained that Kuchma's participation in the work of EAPC is not the wisest decision of Ukraine. "And we have not changed our viewpoint," said the NATO representative.