The World from Berlin 'NATO-Russia Rapprochement Still Faces Big Hurdles'

Leaders have declared the agreement at the NATO summit in Lisbon on closer cooperation between the alliance and Russia to be "historic." But German commentators say it amounts to no more than a declaration of intent that still faces major obstacles both in Russia and the West, arguing that the praise being heaped on it is premature.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) said the Lisbon summit had made a "historic" new start in relations between NATO and Russia.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) said the Lisbon summit had made a "historic" new start in relations between NATO and Russia.

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-- David Crossland