NATO sees no need for a new Russian-backed security system in Europe, the alliance's secretary general said on Friday.
There is no need for new security agreements, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an address to the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels.
"The fundamentals of this alliance should not and will not change. Because they make as much sense as they have done for the past 61 years. And because they continue to be essential for the security of our citizens," he said.
However, NATO wants Russia to be part of a missile defenses plan for Europe, Rasmussen said. A decision on whether the plan will go though is expected to be taken at a Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon on November 19-20.
The missile shield would cover all our countries and protect all our population, Rasmussen said, adding that it would not directed against Russia politically.
Russia first voiced calls for an all-ecompassing European security treaty in 2008, and President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier this week that security in Europe is "fragmented."
BRUSSELS, October 8 (RIA Novosti)
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- DariusThis speaks for itself17:42, 08/10/2010Everyone knows that NATO is an instrument for implementing and spreading U.S. Hegemony.
Obviously the United States and most of its vassals do not want NATO to be replaced by another security organisation.
Russia ought to be careful and remain on her guard.
- deusalliances20:11, 08/10/2010The building block is unilateral then in relation to western Europe you start with bilateral alliances, that then become multilateral alliances. I would start with France, Italy etc. Now is the time due to fiscal constraints on military budgets. Then you have Serbia you choose the alliances in strategic locations like patchwork. The EU is very unstable peace has only been in Europe since after WWW2, my observation is the EU will fall apart it is not going to be a super power to rival Russia or the US as it was intended too. Look at the drama with the French and the EU at the moment, if the French are pushed too far they will leave the EU.
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The clash of Russian and Western interests has given rise to a geopolitical battle. German politicians are trying to leave all doors and windows open for dialogue with Russia. Moscow does acknowledge this, and Germany is probably the only country with which it is ready to discuss European security.