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Russia-NATO Council meeting ‘to focus’ on Libya

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The Libya crisis will be top of the agenda at the Russia-NATO Council meeting on July 4, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

The Libya crisis will be top of the agenda at the Russia-NATO Council meeting on July 4, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

NATO chief Andres Fogh Rasmussen will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as part of the council meeting in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“The sole possibility of stabilizing the situation in Libya is an immediate ceasefire and the start of talks between the internal Libyan participants in the conflict with the support of, but not interference, from outside,” the Kremlin said.

“Special responsibility in the search for a political-diplomatic solution to the crisis lies with regional organizations, above all the African Union, and the UN secretary general’s special envoy.”

Russia will also discuss with the alliance the agreements made during the NATO-Russia Council summit in Lisbon in November 2010 on the European missile shield cooperation.

NATO insists the shield should have two independent systems that exchange information, while Russia favors a joint system with full-scale interoperability.

The NATO-Russia Council was established in 2002. It provides bilateral cooperation and consultations on current security problems, including the fight against terrorism, Afghanistan cooperation, missile defense, and non-proliferation of weapons.

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