NATO 'very disappointed' by Russian missile threat
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was "very disappointed" Wednesday by a threat from Russia to deploy missiles on the EU's borders in response to a planned US defence system in eastern Europe.
"The suggestion that deployment of missiles in the areas neighbouring the alliance is an appropriate response ... is very disappointing," said the NATO secretary general.
"Such deployments would be reminiscent of the past and are inconsistent with the strategic relations NATO and Russia have agreed they seek and with the spirit of the dialogue, including on missile defence issues, that they are currently conducting," he said.
"I welcome President Medvedev's willingness not to close the door on continued dialogue with NATO and the US on missile defence and to consider practical cooperation in this area," he said.
"Last year, NATO heads of state and government decided to invite Russia to discuss the possibilities of cooperating with us and to develop the NATO-Russia relationship into a strategic partnership. That offer still stands.
"Cooperation on missile defence would clearly show that NATO and Russia can build security together, not against each other."
© 2011 AFP