Russia ready for restoration of ties with NATO

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MOSCOW — Russia is ready to fully restore cooperation with NATO which was suspended in the aftermath of the Russia-Georgia war, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

A planned trip to Moscow by NATO's secretary-general should demonstrate that the alliance is also ready for developing ties, said Nataliya Timakova, a spokeswoman for President Dmitry Medvedev.

"Of course, we would like to restore our cooperation in full," Timakova said at a briefing.

Earlier this month, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for closer ties between the alliance and Russia. He said, in particular, that NATO, Russia and the U.S. should explore the possibility of linking missile defense systems.

Relations between NATO and Russia were frozen after the August 2008 war, when NATO accused Russia of using excessive force and occupying Georgian territory.

Timakova said that an EU-commissioned report released Wednesday showed that NATO had made some of its decision in a hurry. The report said that Georgia's attack on its breakaway province of South Ossetia marked the start of the war, but it also concluded that Russia retaliated with excessive force.