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Foreign Minister Attends Emergency NATO Meeting

The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir attended an emergency meeting for foreign ministers of the NATO member states in Brussels yesterday because of the situation in Georgia.

Gísladóttir told Morgunbladid that Russia’s maneuvers in Georgia are harsh and considered very serious since Russia has overstepped internationally-recognized borders, which has not happened since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The foreign minister added that Iceland remains dissatisfied with Russian military jets penetrating Icelandic airspace.

At the meeting Gísladóttir warned against extreme nationalism which she said has the potential to encourage conflicts instead of solving them.

At the end of the meeting, Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said that the operations of the council of cooperation between the NATO member states, which was established in 2002, would be tabled since Russia is reluctant to withdraw its troops from Georgia.

According to the BBC, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of trying to “whitewash” the actions of Georgia’s government.

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