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From NATO: Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) from more than 40 countries, together with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Operations and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, attended the NATO Military Committee Spring Meetings in their various sessions over 6 and 7 MayChiefs of Defence (CHODs) from more than 40 countries, together with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Operations and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, attended the NATO Military Committee Spring Meetings in their various sessions over 6 and 7 May. (Photo: NATO)

From RIA Novosti: During a 15-hour mission, the bombers conducted in-flight refueling from Il-78 Midas aerial tankers. The Russian planes were shadowed by NATO F-16 and Tornado fighters. (Photo: RIA Novosti)
"In essence, the entire future of the Euro-Atlantic region is at stake. Missing this opportunity to come to an agreement is fraught with the danger of sliding into chaos on security matters. NATO will be the first to suffer, in terms of both the security and economic stability of its member-states. If there is no political progress in relations with the West, Moscow will have to look eastward to define its foreign policy. Then the West will be faced with new economic and security difficulties. In essence, the entire future of the Euro-Atlantic region is at stake. Missing this opportunity to come to an agreement is fraught with the danger of sliding into chaos on security matters. NATO will be the first to suffer, in terms of both the security and economic stability of its member-states. If there is no political progress in relations with the West, Moscow will have to look eastward to define its foreign policy. Then the West will be faced with new economic and security difficulties."

Dmitry Rogozin is the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to NATO
From SETimes.com: TIRANA, Albania -- The government decided late on Wednesday (May 6th) to grant NATO permission to patrol its airspace until the Albanian air force starts patrolling it on its own. Parliament is expected to adopt the measure soon, without objections from the opposition. Albania joined NATO in early April.
From GMANews.TV: A senior NATO official says the alliance's military planners are considering a long-term counter-piracy mission off the Somali coast.

The naval mission would replace the fleet of four NATO warships that is due to return from the region next month.

From Radio Netherlands: "The major problem," Mr Daalder said earlier, "is that there are too many member states that see NATO as a regional, particularly European, defense organisation." But the threats facing all member states are global, not regional. "NATO should start thinking bigger and more global," according to Mr Daalder. He said that the organisation should develop in such a way that military force can be exercised over greater distances, and faster.

Mr Daalder also proposed to offer full membership of the alliance to non-European democracies such as Japan, Australia and South Korea." (Photo: radionetherlands)

From Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty:  "Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian says his country's main reason for canceling its participation in the NATO military exercises in Georgia was NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's support for Azerbaijan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports."

Georgia accuses Russia of backing attempted coup csmonitor.com

Snippets from Georgian government, BBC, NYT, and other media coverage.
From the Telegraph: "Relations between Tbilisi and Moscow are likely to sour further after Georgia released video footage, broadcast on state television, which allegedly showed a former defence ministry official trying to recruit undercover spies to join Tuesday's plot.

The man is shown describing plans to seize control of the government by leading a convoy of 200 military vehicles, backed by 5,000 Russian troops, into Tbilisi."
NATO denies Georgia war-games agenda Europe Deutsche Welle 05.05.2009: "'This is not a NATO exercise,' an alliance spokesperson confirmed to Deutsche Welle. 'This is a PFP exercise."

"'Because it's a PFP exercise, it's open to everybody which also means that everybody was fully informed when it was proposed in late spring of last year,' the spokesperson added. 'Nobody was forced to participate and Russia chose not to. But they knew exactly what was going on and there was no issue. Even when they said recently that they were concerned about the exercise, we said: 'although the subscription date had passed, why don’t you send some observers?' But they declined that as well. There is nothing controversial from our point of view.'"