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Russia Not Planning to Participate in Wales NATO Summit Permanent Mission

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Russia has no plans to participate in any activities during the NATO summit in Wales, Russia’s Permanent Mission to NATO told RIA Novosti on Monday.

BRUSSELS, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has no plans to participate in any activities during the NATO summit in Wales, Russia’s Permanent Mission to NATO told RIA Novosti on Monday.

"Russia has no plans to participate in NATO's activities," according to the statement by the diplomatic mission.

Earlier the same day, the Kommersant business daily cited diplomatic sources as saying that Russia's participation in the upcoming summit was deemed "unreasonable."

The summit is expected to attract the leaders of more than 60 countries to discuss topics concerning Russia, such as NATO-Russia relations, as well as strengthening ties with Ukraine and enhancing the collective defense of the alliance.

Discussions at the summit are to focus on "the evolution of partnerships" with non-NATO members and the "narrative for the Post-2014 Era" of NATO existence and its future after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year.

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