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Russia-NATO relations depend on alliance's strategic concept - Lavrov

RIA Novosti

14:48 26/10/2010 MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Future relations between Russia and NATO will depend on compliance of the Western military block's strategic concept with norms of international law and the UN Charter, the Russian foreign minister said on Tuesday.

"The key issue for us [Russia] would be how NATO's position would be defined in this new strategic concept in regard to international law, the UN Charter and most important in regard to the norms of possible use of force in modern international relations," Sergei Lavrov said after talks with Montenegrin Foreign Minister Milan Rocen.

Lavrov's statement follows Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's announcement last week to attend the Russia-NATO summit, part of the NATO Lisbon Summit, on November 20.

The Russian minister said all countries of the Euro-Atlantic space must have judicially granted security guarantees.

"We are trying to look at broader things. We want all legal and judicial security guarantees to be equally distributed among all Euro-Atlantic states without any exceptions," he said adding that Russia's European security initiative envisages NATO's participation foremost.

President Medvedev proposed drawing up a new European security pact in June 2008, and Russia published a draft of the treaty in December 2009, sending copies to heads of state and international organizations, including NATO. However, the proposal has attracted little support from other European powers.

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