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Russia/NATO: Primakov Says Plans Finalized For Council

Moscow, 15 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov said today plans had been finalized for the first meeting of a Russia-NATO Council. The Council, created under a Russia-NATO accord signed in May, would give Moscow a say, but not a veto in NATO affairs.

Primakov was speaking after brief talks at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport with German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel. Kinkel, who arrived earlier today, was also expected to discuss European security and bilateral ties with Primakov.

Primakov told reporters that the Russia-NATO council will meet at ambassadorial level in Brussels on Thursday. The council's first meeting of foreign ministers will take place in New York in September.

Kinkel told reporters that Germany was ready to offer Russia practical help to train its managers. The proposal to train Russian managers in Western countries was first made last week by Russian President Boris Yeltsin.