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.