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    Russia and Germany will coordinate their positions in the run-up to a series of top level meetings, including a NATO summit, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

    Russia and Germany will coordinate their positions in the run-up to a series of top level meetings, including a NATO summit, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will visit Russia on November 1-2, Andrei Nesterenko said, adding that he would meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

    A Russia-NATO Council summit is due on November 20 in Lisbon, Portugal. Other events include a G-20 summit in Seoul and an OSCE summit in Astana.

    Topics on the NATO agenda will include such priorities as Euro-Atlantic security, regional conflicts, disarmament, nonproliferation, international terrorism, missile defense and arms control, Nesterenko said.

    The Russia-EU visa facilitation process will also feature prominently during the talks, he added.

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit Moscow on November 5 to discuss cooperation on Afghanistan, in particular expanding rail transit of NATO shipments via Russian territory and the training of Afghan anti-drug specialists.

    Other topics will include "Euro-missile defense," the fight against international terrorism and sea piracy.

    MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti)

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