Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia are automatically joining the NATO-Russia Council on the day of their formal acceptance to the alliance.
The NATO Secretary General also informed Mr. Lavrov about NATO starting air patrolling of the three post-Soviet Baltic countries. The arrangement will take mutual interests into due consideration, and NATO vouches to closely comply with its available understandings with Russia, he reassured.
The telephone conversation initiative belonged to Mr. de Hoop Scheffer. He intends to visit Moscow, and regards today's talk as a kind of mutual introduction.