Russia, NATO seriously differ in approach to European security

10:50, October 16, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

"Big problems" exist between Russia and NATO when it comes to nuclear non-prolifiration and missile deployment, Russian envoy to the Alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Friday.

"We have big problems in finishing off the review of common threats precisely on the issue of non-proliferation dossier and discussion of missile risks," Rogozin said during a video link between Moscow and Brussels, the Interfax news agency reported.

"We do have problems with our NATO colleagues already having branded Iran 'a bad guy.' We think that one must be more objective and look at all the countries that have weapons of mass destruction, conceal their possession and have vehicles for missile delivery of weapons of mass destruction," he said.

Currently, the risks that NATO officials were talking about to justify the need for creating a common European anti-missile system do not exist in Europe, Rogozin said.

"I want to say that for now it is enough to hold consultations and analyze missile challenges rather than panic and build something immediately," he said, adding that it was unlikely that NATO members apart from the United States would be able to share the control over such a system.

"You have one button and 28 fingers. I even know which finger will press the button. This is a U.S. system on the European soil, and Europeans will not have the right to use and manage this system after a retaliatory strike," Rogozin said.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has repeatedly said that his goal was to improve relations between his institution and Russia.

However, the two sides still had many fundamental differences concerning security. A Russian military doctrine approved by President Dmitry Medvedev in February defines NATO enlargement and the deployment of missile defense systems as main external threats of war Russia is facing.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:祁澍文)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion