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NATO Agrees To Resume High-Level Ties With Russia

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer speaks at the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- NATO foreign ministers have agreed to resume high-level ties with Russia which were cut off last year after Moscow's brief incursion into aspiring NATO-member Georgia.

"There is an agreed text. We are resuming the talks within the NATO-Russia Council as soon as possible after the [April NATO] summit," said Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak.

Russia quickly welcomed the decision.

"This decision is a step in the right direction," Russia's RIA news agency quotes a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

The decision comes as NATO and its allies seek Russian cooperation in the battle against Afghan militants and other threats.