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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primakov To Meet NATO Secretary

Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov will visit Vienna on Sept. 20 for preparatory work for a summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

A spokesman confirmed that, apart from discussing the Lisbon summit scheduled for Dec. 2 to 3, Primakov would also meet NATO Secretary General Javier Solana to discuss "the problematic relations between Russia and the North Atlantic alliance."

Solana last met Primakov in May in Berlin, but then contacts were effectively frozen during the re-election campaign of President Boris Yeltsin.

Further meetings were planned for Primakov with Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel and Chancellor Franz Vranitzky.

Moscow has been vigorously opposed to NATO plans to expand its membership to take in new countries from eastern and central Europe, saying such moves would threaten its security, but has recently indicated it does not want the issue to stand in the way of a new NATO-Russia relationship.

In a speech in Stuttgart last Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher said NATO leaders would hold a summit next year to decide on new members and approve a charter defining the relationship with Russia.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott left Washington on Tuesday for Paris to discuss the proposed enlargement and the relationship between the alliance and Russia with Russian and French officials.

Talbott was expected to meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov in Paris, State Department officials said. He last met Mamedov two weeks ago in Ottawa.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns described the talks as "part of the normal pattern of conversations that we have with the Russian government and the French government on these particular issues."