Under terrorist cloud, Medvedev, Merkel and Sarkoz

Under terrorist cloud, Medvedev, Merkel and Sarkozy meet for security summit

President Dmitry Medvedev is in France for a two-day meeting with his German and French counterparts as Europe looks to revamp its security architecture amidst heightened security concerns.

Medvedev arrived in the seaside resort town of Deauville, France, on Monday where he joined French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for an informal dinner at a local restaurant. The cordial gathering was interspersed with laughter and several heart-felt toasts, according to event insiders, and provided a relaxed ice-breaker before the leaders get down to more serious business on Tuesday.

The creation of a monolithic “Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security system,” as well as President Medvedev’s proposals for a new comprehensive treaty on European Security will dominate the summit's agenda, Russian presidential aide Sergey Prikhodko told reporters.

Prikhodko stressed that the meeting should not be confused as “an exclusive club” that makes decisions without the consent of other states.

"The trilateral meeting is not some kind on an exclusive club for working out of decisions separate from other states and international organizations,” the Kremlin presidential aide told Itar-Tass, “but a convenient format for juxtaposing the common vision in a confidential and frank atmosphere with our closest partners in Europe with which we have major co-operation."
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