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18 Sep, 2009 15:54

Moscow’s cooperation with NATO one step closer?

As the situation around the US anti-missile defense project develops, Fred Weir from the Christian Science Monitor comments on the opportunities for further developing the relations between Russia and NATO.

“I definitely think that there’s a window of opportunity here,” Weir says. The situation around the security architecture in Europe and the world has bothered people worldwide over the past few years and Weir believes that “steps need to be taken to bring Russia more into cooperation with Europe, with NATO.”

“I think that especially when you have something like this decision to shelve that missile defense scheme in Poland and the Czech Republic, that’s got to be a signal for a wider attempt to redress that situation.”

Weir is sure that Moscow’s only way now is to take a stab at cooperating with NATO, as there is a “common ground in a scheme that would defend civilization from rogue nations or terrorist groups that have ballistic missile technology and nuclear weapons.”

However, Weir notes that if we have a global anti-missile shield that is controlled strictly by the Pentagon “it’s going to leave not just Moscow, but a lot of other people feeling a little uneasy.”