Russia has agreed to co-operate on Nato’s programme to defend against ballistic missile attacks, Nato’s chief has said.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a Nato summit in Lisbon that the two sides had agreed in writing that they no longer posed a threat to one another.
“For the first time the two sides will be co-operating to defend themselves,” Mr Rasmussen said.
The Lisbon summit has been redrawing Nato’s focus to face new challenges.
It is the first Nato summit Russia has attended since the Russia-Georgia war two years ago.
Nato members had earlier agreed on a programme to develop and deploy defences against ballistic missile attack on their territories.
Mr Rasmussen said he had extended an offer to Russia to co-operate on the programme and was “very pleased that [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev has taken up that offer”.
Mr Rasmussen said this agreement was of “real political importance”.
There would be an exchange of information on the threats to European skies, he said, and the two sides “could conceivably co-operate on shooting down an incoming missile”.
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