A reply from Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to a letter sent a month ago by Russian President Dimitry Medvedev concerning the European missile shield was presented to Russian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Grushko on Thursday by the Greek ambassador in Moscow Mihalis Spinellis.
Diplomatic sources said the Greek side, in response to Russia's initiative for a "new security architecture" and a combined European shield that also involves Russia, expressed its clear desire that cooperation between all the interested parties in dealing with common threats should continue, while taking into account the special attributes of each side.
The Greek government has also said it is willing to agree to listen to a detailed presentation of Russia's ideas by its representative at NATO Dmitry Rogozin, who has been instructed by Medvedev to hold meetings with the leaders of European government that received his letter.
Spinellis was received by Grushko and a Russian foreign ministry announcement said that they discussed the results of the NATO-Russia Council in Sochi on July 3-4, prospects of cooperation on the missile shield and establishing security and stability in Europe.