Moscow, March 20 (RFE/RL) - NATO Secretary General
Javier Solana says NATO and Moscow have to cooperate regardless of
who wins the June presidential elections in Russia.
Solana told reporters today in Moscow that the results of
presidential elections would n-o-t affect NATO expansion plans. Solana also said the controversial Duma decision aimed at
restoring the USSR would n-o-t affect the agenda of NATO expansion
eastward, but "it is not the best sign we can get."
He said the joint NATO-Russian patrols in Bosnia-Herzegovina are
a breakthrough, and are helping to maintain stability in Europe.
Solana said that he is waiting for Russian reaction on documents
related to closer relations between Moscow and the North Atlantic
alliance. He did not give details about the drafts, but said that
the documents had been sent to Russian officials.
The NATO Secretary General today holds talks with Russian
President Boris Yeltsin, Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and
Defense Minister Pavel Grachev centered on NATO's expansion plans,
over which Russia has expressed concern.
Solana said he had signed today a memorandum with the Russian
Ministry for Emergency Situations on granting humanitarian aid to Russia in cases of natural disasters.