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Russia, NATO Holding First Formal Ministerial Meeting Since Georgia War

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

BRUSSELS -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to hold talks today with his counterparts from NATO at a session of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The session will mark the first formal ministerial meeting between Russia and NATO since the military alliance froze formal relations with Moscow after Russia sent troops into Georgia in August, 2008, and subsequently recognized the independence of two Georgian separatist regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Diplomats are quoted as saying NATO and Russia are expected to sign three documents at today's session -- a joint review of threats and security issues in the 21st century, a NATO-Russia cooperation plan for 2010, and one addressing future goals of the Russia-NATO Council.

compiled from agency reports