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D uring the debate entitled NATO and Russia: How Can We Broaden Coopera- tion to Enhance Security? Javier Solana, the former NATO Secretary General and the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, summarised the NATO summit in Lisbon and mentioned that in his opinion Ukra- ine, Georgia and Turkey should be members of the EU. That membership would denitely reshape the security situation in Russia’s proximity. Huseyin Diriöz, the NATO Secretary General Assistant, shared the view of Mr Solana and described the last summit as a milestone on the way to enlarging European structures. He also ra- ised the issue of the need to push for substantial decisions and re-establishment of relations between the Alliance and Russia. Karl-Georg Wellmann, a member of the German-American Parliamentary Group at the German Bundestag, said that still no role for Russia to play in the global security framework has been specied. He won- dered if the West needs a strong or weak Russia. In his opinion it would be better if Russia were strong.“The collapse of Russia would be a tragedy,”said Wellmann. The German politician stressed the necessity to establish a good partnership model to help Russia modernise. He concluded that Russia is a European country and stres- sed the necessity to ratify the new START treaty as soon as possible.

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