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October 19, 2010 by staff 

Chechnya, (AFP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has pushed for a common European security strategy Tuesday with French and German leaders that the violence by militants in Chechnya shadows of their talks.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the French resort of Deauville for talks on European security and links Moscow with NATO, but new activists who stormed parliament in Chechnya eventually hijacked the trilateral summit.

The bloody standoff with militants and security forces is a throwback to the 1990s, when Russia has fought two wars with separatists there, and a blow to the prestige of the Kremlin, which claims to relative normality is returning to the North Caucasus.

The fierce clash in Chechnya appears to be an unfortunate diversion of the Kremlin’s aim to promote the vision of Medvedev for new security architecture in Europe that would be putting the finishing Moscow and Western Europe in the same camp, 20 years after the end of the Cold War.

The Kremlin said in a terse statement to reporters in Deauville that Medvedev had been informed of efforts to conduct a special operation “to eliminate the militants.”

Deauville talks should not lead to major announcements, but they were billed as a step toward a security partnership pan-European new.

Supporters of the plan – which has been approved in various forms by the three leaders in the past – hope to host in Moscow in the Euro-Atlantic community and build a common defense “Vancouver to Vladivostok.”

“We will discuss whether it is possible for Russia and NATO cooperate better, because the era of the Cold War is indeed over,” said Angela Merkel on Saturday in her weekly video message.

“The Russian president has proposed a common security architecture, it works step by step to define the architecture -. Of course, in a spirit of partnership among all European countries with Russia,” she said.

Medvedev first proposed his plan for European security treaty in 2008 but has received lukewarm support so far.

“We too would like this document and other efforts that our country is engaged in the field of security is a response worthy in the world,” said Mr. Medvedev at the Kremlin before the summit this week.

Medvedev’s main foreign policy adviser said last week that closer ties with NATO would be on the agenda at Deauville, including long-term goal of Russia to a new formal framework of common European security.

“Promoting the initiative of Dmitry Medvedev – the Treaty of European security – is naturally a high priority for us,” Sergei Prikhodko told journalists at the Kremlin before the summit.

NATO will unveil its new security concept at next month’s summit in Lisbon, and Western leaders hope Medvedev will confirm in Deauville that he will attend the meeting and to support their vision.

Russia confirmed it had received an invitation to attend the summit butanlysts believe the Kremlin is concerned about the possible outcome of these talks, Medvedev has not yet said whether he intends to go.

Some NATO allies, particularly the former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, are wary of their neighbors, showing the 2008 war in Georgia.

But while Russia’s ties with NATO as a whole have often been difficult, the Kremlin has proved adept at dealing directly one-to-head with European powers, especially France and Germany.

Medvedev and Sarkozy also faced questions on whether they had reached an agreement for France to sell four warships of modern Russia, a potential contract that raised concerns among some allies in Paris.

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