Russia to offer NATO joint security plan in Sept

Moscow views NATO's expansion eastwards as a threat and Medvedev has made repeated calls for Western powers to hold a summit with Russia to discuss a new post-Cold War security umbrella which could supersede NATO.

Russia to offer NATO joint security plan in Sept
Russia will offer NATO in September a detailed proposal to build a joint collective security system which would cover the northern hemisphere, Moscow's envoy to the alliance said on Tuesday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a summit with European Union leaders last week that he believed NATO was unable to provide security for the continent of Europe.

Moscow views NATO's expansion eastwards as a threat and Medvedev has made repeated calls for Western powers to hold a summit with Russia to discuss a new post-Cold War security umbrella which could supersede NATO.

Medvedev said none of the current international bodies adequately represented all of Europe.

"During the September meeting of the Russia-NATO council ... we plan to offer a more detailed picture linked to the Russian president's proposal," Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, told a teleconference from Brussels.

"Russia is not sitting on the fence, we are not dragging our feet, waiting for a miracle. We propose our own formula of security."

He gave no details of the proposals, but said Medvedev's remarks at the summit were now "discussed with avid interest in European capitals".

"The talk is really about security ... for the entire European continent ... for the entire northern hemisphere of the world, in a broader sense, from Vladivostok to Vancouver," Rogozin said.

Reuters
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