MOSCOW, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Russia is hoping that NATO will not go on expanding to the East and reach a compromise on the issue at the coming Russian-NATO summit in Lisbon scheduled for Nov. 19-20, said on Tuesday Russia's ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.
"We have strong demands for NATO to stop its expansion to the East, as Russia has seen the alliance's military infrastructure has been developing in areas adjacent to our western borders," Rogozin was quoted by a Russian state TV channel as saying.
He said Russia hopes to reach a compromise with NATO on the issue, adding that NATO should "digest" what it had got during the past decade.
A Russian military doctrine approved by President Dmitry Medvedev in February defines NATO enlargement and the deployment of missile defense systems as main external threats of war Russia is facing.
NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit Russia on Wednesday and discuss the European missile defense project with Medvedev.
NATO chief says Russia not enemy, but partner
BRUSSELS, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday that the alliance does not see Russia as an enemy, but a partner of strategic importance.
He made the remarks just one day before his visit to Moscow mainly for talks on Afghanistan and an anti-missile shield covering Europe. Full story
Russia, NATO seek compromise ahead of Lisbon summit
MOSCOW, Nov.1 (Xinhua) -- Russia and NATO have certain frictions but they would try to find a compromise, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Makarov said on Monday.
"We share a common approach to many problems, though certain discrepancies remains," the Russian general said after talks with NATO's Supreme Commander of the United Forces in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, according to the RBC news agency. Full story