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22 Jul, 2009 05:27

Russia to NATO: indivisible security for all

Russia will outline to the West its future plans for national security during Wednesday’s Russia-NATO Council in Brussels, which coincides with the alliance updating its own strategy for the next 10-15 years.

The meeting comes just days ahead of the change of the North Atlantic Alliance’s leadership. Starting from August 1, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen will succeed Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as the head of the alliance.

NATO considers important that two processes – the development of Russia’s new national security initiatives and the development of NATO strategy – go hand-in-hand, so therefore there should be cooperation in the fundamental documents of both parties so that relations may not be corrupted in the future, told Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin to Interfax news agency.

While this may seem like a rare example of working together, Russia’s envoy thinks NATO is still pushing for conflict.

“NATO is still pursuing a policy of confrontation with Russia. Even though this confrontation may not be obvious, since NATO doesn’t speak openly about its expansion to Ukraine and Georgia any longer, it has not really given up this intention. Plus, it still has the ambition to become a global structure and simply use Russia for its purposes without taking into account our national interests,” Dmitry Rogozin told RT in an exclusive interview.

“We have managed to put the fire out in our relations, but the hot coals are still there. The fire can come back, unless NATO genuinely recognizes Russia as an equal partner,” stressed Rogozin.

He said that security is indivisible not only within NATO, but also the principle of indivisible security should be applied to the whole of the Euro-Atlantic region, including Russia.

On August 11 Dmitry Rogozin will meet Anders Fogh Rasmussen to discuss, among other pressing issues, the timeframe of the new NATO Secretary General’s upcoming visit to Moscow.

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