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February 1997

4 Febr

In his State of the Union address American President Bill Clinton vows to pursue NATOs enlargement by 1999 and to establish a stable partnership with Russia.

5-6 Febr

Secretary General Javier Solana meets Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in Ankara to discuss the expansion of the Alliance and the broader issue of Turkeys place in Europe.

10-14 Febr

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana visits Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet Heads of State and government and other leading politicians.

12 Febr

Former guerrilla leader Aslam Maskhadov is sworn in as new Chechen President.

18 Febr

Newly-appointed US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright attends her first NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels and proposes the creation of a permanent Russia-NATO brigade.

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19 Febr

EU High Representative in Bosnia Carl Bildt visits NATO.

20 Febr

NATO allies propose major changes to the CFE Treaty, which limits conventional forces in Europe. NATO now accepts the principle of limits on the arsenals of individual countries as opposed to regions. The Alliance also accepts Russias wish on having territorial rather than national limits on troops deployment, which effectively prevents NATO from massing troops in one particular area near Russias borders.

21 Febr

Visit to NATO by Polish Prime Minister Mr. Wodzimierz Cimoszewicz.

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23 Febr

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana meets Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov for a second round of talks on a NATO-Russia document in Moscow.