NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Moscow should not hope for legally binding guarantees to confirm that the alliance’s prospective missile defense system would not be targeted against Russia.
In his words, Russia says it needs guarantees that the NATO missile defense would not threaten it. He assured Russia that NATO was not a threat and the best guarantee would be Russia’s involvement in the missile defense process.
NATO and Russia have coordinated a number of key political principles, Rasmussen said.
He said they did not consider themselves as adversaries and would abstain from the use of force or the threat to use force against each other.
Missile defense would be the way to develop the NATO-Russia partnership, he said.
He called for concentrating on real cooperation and building up security together.