Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made a statement Monday, urging Russia “to join NATO [and assist] in developing a missile defense system that can protect all citizens of Europe and Russia.” This speech was crucial because, NATO is currently conducting a review of its goals for the coming years and plans to expand NATO are also being discussed.
Clinton said new partnerships, including with Cold War foe Russia, will help NATO to take on growing transnational threats including nuclear proliferation, terrorism, piracy and cyber security.
“While Russia faces challenges to its security, NATO is not among them,” Clinton told a Washington think tank, stressing that a new U.S. plan for European missile defense was no threat to Moscow.
“Just as Russia is an important partner in efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation, so should it be in missile defense,” she said. “And we invite Russia to join NATO in developing a missile defense system that can protect all citizens of Europe and Russia.”