NATO sees Russian membership as hypothetical

10:39, December 11, 2010      

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Russia's accession to NATO remained a hypothetical question, newly appointed head of NATO's information bureau in Moscow Robert Pszel told local media Friday.

"We know nothing about Russia's intentions to become a NATO member," he was quoted by the Interfax news agency.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry representative Alexander Kramarenko said Russia would "likely" join NATO if invited.

"Russia, of course, will never knock on the block's doors unless NATO itself invites us. It will be hard to reject such an invitation," said Kramarenko, who is the ministry's policy planning department director.

Kramarenko also mentioned five reasons why Russia could join NATO in his article published in the Moscow Times daily.

However, he stressed that NATO was "psychologically unable to offer membership to Russia".

Pszel started his work in Moscow in November, after the position had been vacant since April 2010, when the then head was stripped of accreditation in retaliation for a similar move by NATO against two Russian diplomats at NATO's headquarters in Brussels.

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