Articles by David Brunnstrom



NATO Will Resume Top-Level Contacts

  • 27 January 09
  • Reuters
NATO said Monday that it would resume within weeks top-level contacts with Russia frozen because of last year's Russia-Georgia war, while Russia said it saw no obstacle to restoring full ties as early as next month.

NATO Agrees to Re-engage Russia

  • 03 December 08
  • Reuters
NATO on Tuesday agreed to gradually resume contacts with Russia that were suspended after Moscow’s military intervention in Georgia, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said.

NATO Likely to Balk at Road Map

  • 02 December 08
  • Reuters
NATO is expected to encourage Georgia and Ukraine to pursue reforms needed to eventually join the alliance but stop short of offering formal Membership Action Plans - also called road maps - at a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers on Tuesday.

NATO Stands by U.S. Missile Shield

  • 18 November 08
  • Reuters
NATO reaffirmed on Monday its backing for a planned U.S. missile shield in Europe after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it would bring no extra security on the continent.

EU to Restart Talks Despite Concerns

  • 11 November 08
  • Reuters
Only Lithuania refuses to give its blessing to the resumption of negotiations on a wide-ranging partnership agreement.

Donors Offer Georgia $4.5Bln

  • 23 October 08
  • Reuters
International donors pledged a higher-than-expected $4.55 billion Wednesday to help Georgia recover from its war with Russia, and Washington called it an extraordinary sign of solidarity at a time of financial turmoil.

U.S. Expects to Rebuild Georgian Army

  • 22 August 08
  • Reuters
The United States expects to help Georgia rebuild its military, a top U.S. general said Thursday.

Russia Reassures NATO on Security

  • 30 July 08
  • Reuters
Russia sought to reassure NATO that its ideas for a new collective-security structure were not aimed at dismantling the alliance or other international bodies.

Lavrov Sees End to Polish Meat Dispute

  • 10 December 07
  • Reuters
Poland and Russia expressed hope Friday that a long-running dispute over Moscow's ban on Polish meat imports could be resolved in the course of a series of high-level diplomatic contacts mapped out amid warming ties.

Lavrov Sees End to Polish Meat Dispute

  • 10 December 07
  • Reuters
Poland and Russia expressed hope Friday that a long-running dispute over Moscow's ban on Polish meat imports could be resolved in the course of a series of high-level diplomatic contacts mapped out amid warming ties.

Russia Tells U.S. to Ease Kosovo Talk

  • 13 September 07
  • Reuters
Russia told the United States on Wednesday to stop backing Kosovo independence while talks continue, and Serbia warned the EU on Wednesday that it would not accept any decision on Kosovo made outside the United Nations.

EU Expects Energy, Trade Talks Soon

  • 04 September 06
  • Reuters
The union wants a pact that could open Russia's pipelines to third parties.

Chopper Crashes on Afghan Mission

  • 30 June 05
  • Reuters
A U.S. military helicopter that crashed during an anti-guerrilla mission in eastern Afghanistan may have been shot down and the fate of 17 U.S. troops aboard is not immediately known, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

NATO Takes Over in Kabul

  • 12 August 03
  • Reuters
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization began its first operation outside Europe in its 54-year history Monday when it took command of peacekeepers in the Afghan capital.

Experts Debate Future of Destroyed Buddhas

  • 11 October 02
  • Reuters
For over 1,600 years, from the twilight of imperial Rome through the ravages of Genghis Khan, the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan towered above the fabled Silk Road through Afghanistan that linked the ancient East and West.

Russia, Vietnam Seek Trade Boost

  • 28 March 02
  • Reuters
Former Cold War allies Russia and Vietnam vowed Wednesday to broaden their new strategic partnership despite Moscow's imminent pullout from a key military base in southern Vietnam.

Kasyanov Kicks Off Hanoi Tour

  • 27 March 02
  • Reuters
Mikhail Kasyanov will stay until Thursday and the two countries will discuss ways to expand oil and gas exploitation. They are also expected to discuss Russia's pullout from the strategic naval and air base of Cam Ranh Bay in South Vietnam.

Putin Pays Respects to Vietnam's Revolutionaries

  • 02 March 01
  • Reuters
Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks Friday with Le Kha Phieu, the leader of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party.

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