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Allies Expected to Resume Ties with Russians

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - NATO foreign ministers have opened a
one-day meeting in Brussels.
Seven months after breaking ties with Russia over its invasion
of Georgia, NATO is moving toward resuming formal relations. That's
despite lingering concerns about Moscow's approach to reasserting
its regional influence.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is participating in
the meeting, her first. Clinton is at the midpoint of a weeklong
trip that began in Egypt and took her to Israel on Tuesday and the
West Bank on Wednesday.
Clinton is expected to update the NATO ministers on the Obama
administration's review of its Afghan war strategy.
After the NATO session, the secretary is due to travel to Geneva
on Friday to meet with her Russian counterpart, and afterward she
is to visit Ankara, Turkey.


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