|Updated: 31-Oct-2000||Ministerial Communiqus|
If one has in mind Russia it is obvious that this would mean
creating new dividing lines in Europe. If, however, one has in
mind a third party threat, Russia and NATO could tackle the issue
jointly together with other European institutions by determining
ways to counter new challenges. We need clear answers to these
A common understanding is yet to be worked out regarding the essence of future special relations between Russia and reformed NATO. Russia is prepared to conduct concrete negotiations with NATO as to substance and forms. In our view, at issue is a truly effective working mechanism of constructive and equal interaction between Russia and NATO whose principles and parameters could be recorded in corresponding agreements.
I stress once again that we are interested in a dialogue on transforming NATO and establishing special relations between Russia and NATO and members of the alliance. Forming new ties between Russia and the reformed alliance will constitute an important element of European politics.
Russia's position regarding NATO expansion has remained unchanged. We continue to believe that it does not meet either the interest of Russia's national security or the interest of European security as a whole. Furthermore, the hasty resolution of the issue may threaten the establishment of truly mutually advantageous and constructive relations between Russia and NATO and the usefulness of Russia's involvement in the PfP. It will not create greater stability and security either.
Instead of considering ways of NATO expansion, we need to focus on methods of building jointly a single Europe. If we resolve this key issue it would be easier to define the future role of NATO and other organisations and alliances. In other words, we suggest to halt and think rather than act hastily and blindly.
We are certain that partnership between Russia and NATO is a highly promising enterprise with real dividends for our common cause, i.e. ensuring reliable security and stability in Europe.