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Putin, NATO Chief Meet In Moscow

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (file photo) 24 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin holds talks today in Moscow with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

ITAR-TASS says discussions will focus on joint efforts in fighting terrorism and the drug trade as well as regional issues, in particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans.

On 23 June, Putin criticized what he called the "extremely low" effectiveness of efforts to rid Afghanistan of "international terrorists" and the narcotics trade.

Putin said terrorist training camps are still operating on Afghan soil with the "direct involvement of some special services."