Official: 2012 NATO-Russia summit possible in US

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 6:05 AM
Official: 2012 NATO-Russia summit possible in US

NATO's top official says a summit between the alliance and Russia could be held next year in Chicago if the two sides can agree on substantive issues to discuss.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also says having NATO and Russia operate parallel missile defense systems could guard against new threats and allay old suspicions at the same time. NATO _ the North Atlantic Treaty Organization _ spent much of its life as a bulwark against the Soviet Union.

NATO will hold a summit of its 28 member countries in Chicago in May 2012. Fogh Rasmussen said the summit would focus on NATO's long-term commitment to Afghanistan; getting the right mix of military capabilities; missile defense; and partnership with countries in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.