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Russia holds talks with NATO

MOSCOW, July 22 (UPI) -- Sea piracy and Afghanistan will be the main focus of talks in Moscow between visiting NATO delegates and Russian officials, Russia's Defense Ministry says.

The Russian-NATO talks beginning Thursday also are expected to include a review of cooperative efforts this year and discuss prospects for future collaboration, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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The chairman of NATO's Military Committee is heading the NATO delegation which is to meet with the chief of Russia's Armed Forces and other senior Russian military officials.

"The discussions will focus on the fight against sea piracy, logistics, and the situation in Afghanistan," a statement from the Defense Ministry said.

Russia has allowed more land transit of non-lethal NATO supplies to Afghanistan and has promised greater assistance in the bloc's operations.

Additional assistance would involve expanding transits, supplying helicopters and training Afghan security forces.

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