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Asked whether the Prime Minister was concerned about relations between Russia and Britain due to the fact that the UK had been assigned another Russian dissident, the PMS said she would not comment on circumstances around an individual, but more generally, the Prime Minister had been clear recently with the election of the new Russian President that Russia did have a very important role to play in many of our international priorities and concerns. The Prime Minister had listed those as being around energy security, climate change and general peace and security internationally.

However, where the Government did have concerns, such as over human rights in particular, it would express them frankly to the Russian authorities.

Asked if Russia would be consulted about Georgia and the Ukraine’s possible membership of NATO, the PMS replied that the situation on membership and the enlargement of NATO was something that was going to be discussed at the summit, which would be attended by Russia. We did not see the enlargement process as something that should be problematic as it was under the longstanding "open-door" policy regarding NATO membership and fell within that protocol.

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