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19 Aug, 2008 11:07

Russia won't be lectured by NATO – Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been briefing the media in Moscow. He stated that the Russia-NATO council was created 'not for the purpose of disciplining Russia or educating it in terms of how it should behav

Lavrov said that the council's goal is to help solve large-scale problems in the European region (watch the media conference).

“We think that all these problems remain urgent, and everything depends on our partners here. The principle we follow in the council is 'one side – one vote', this is not an kind of organisation where NATO supersedes Russia.”

The Foreign Minister also commented on Georgia's plan of entering NATO.

“In general, my impression is that the membership plan and this entire policy of drawing Georgia into NATO is not so that Georgia should meet NATO standards, it's just anti-Russian policy, supporting an aggressive regime in Georgia”.

He also pointed out that Russia is fully compliant with the six-point plan – unlike Georgia.

“The fact that Mr Saakashvili signed a modified version of the agreement and that attempts to get a UN Security Council resolution signed have been torpedoed – all of this indicates that it is not NATO countries telling Mr Saakashvili what he should do to meet high NATO standards; it's Mr Saakashvili telling developed democracies such as NATO countries what they should do to satisfy his ambitions”.