The Russian mission to NATO has received an official invitation for President Dmitry Medvedev to attend a NATO summit in November, envoy Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
"The invitation has arrived," Rogozin said. "It will be sent to Moscow and the president will be informed about it within hours."
Western media reported on Wednesday that NATO had invited Russia to attend the organization's summit in Lisbon a bid to enhance cooperation on security issues, including Afghanistan and Iran.
NATO diplomats were quoted as saying they were waiting for a response from Moscow, but Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia had not yet received an official invitation.
Lavrov and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed on Thursday bilateral cooperation in the course of a telephone conversation.
The discussion included the forthcoming informal Russia-NATO Council session at the level of foreign ministers due to take place on September 22 in New York.
BRUSSELS, September 17 (RIA Novosti)