In 2004, the venue of the NATO summit was Istanbul. NATO was 56 years old at this time. To start with, the foreign ministers and defense ministers of NATO did the final touches to the written products of the preparatory works, and the Atomic Planning Group and Defense Planning had a meeting. On 28 and 29 June, the prime ministers and presidents of the 26 NATO member-countries met for the first time within the frames of NATO. The EuroAtlantic Partnering Committee, the NATO-Ukraine Committee and the NATO-Russia Committee also had a meeting each.
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