Russia opened to cooperation with NATO

Russia is ready for equal cooperation with NATO, says a foreign policy concept published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Monday evening.

"Russia will build relations with NATO consistent with the degree of the alliance's readiness for equal partnership, strict observance of principles and norms of international law, real steps towards the common space of peace, security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region based on principles of mutual trust, transparency and predictability, fulfillment by all members of the obligation undertaken at the Russia-NATO Council not to provide one's security at the expense of the security of others and the military restraint commitments," the concept says.

Russia still feels negative about NATO enlargement and NATO infrastructure's spread towards Russian borders, same as actions that breach the equal security principle and lead to the appearance of new division lines in Europe.

Russia proceeds from the strategic unity of goals with all Euro-Atlantic states, including NATO members, in the provision of peace and stability and deterrence of common security threats: international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, sea piracy, drug trafficking, and natural and man-made calamities.

President Vladimir Putin approved the foreign policy concept on February 12.

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