Russia concerned about new NATO concept

09:58, February 19, 2010      

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Russia is concerned about a new NATO strategic concept that will allow the alliance to use force anywhere in the world, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

NATO continues to expand and is mulling over a new defense strategy of global presence, including the use of force, Lavrov said at a meeting with Russian non-governmental organizations.

"The new concept is not quite in line with the UN Charter, and it can only arouse our concern," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

NATO's new strategic concept, outlining the alliance's future role, is due to be approved at its next summit in November in Lisbon, Portugal.

The document is expected to mention a number of new threats such as possible crises linked to global warming, energy supply, cyber attacks, and piracy.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the development process of the document should be the "most transparent in NATO history."

Source: Xinhua
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