Rasmussen counts Russia's money again
NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is on an official visit to Vilnius, called Russia's intention to strengthen strategic offensive arms in response to EUROPRO the measure against an imaginary enemy and a waste of financial resources.
"Of course, such statements by Russia are concerning NATO allies. Also, I would note that it is a waste of Russia's financial resources, since the strengthening of the military offensive arms is directed against an imaginary enemy which does not exist", Rasmussen said at the press conference on Thursday after the meeting with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
According to NATO secretary general, they better use that money to develop the Russian economics. "It would be safer for everyone if NATO cooperates with Russia", Rasmussen said.
The partnerships between Russia and NATO are based on the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, signed in 1997, which implies the non-use of force against each other, he said.
"It was stated 15 years ago; and there is no reason to strengthen armed forces in the Kaliningrad region. Therefore, I urge Russia to accept the new reality. We are not enemies, we must be partners in and to cooperate peacefully", the NATO secretary general said.
In turn, Grybauskaite stated that Lithuania supports NATO's position. "Such actions do not increase the trust between NATO and Russia, and vice versa. After Lisbon, we strive to ensure that the common for NATO and Russia threats, related to the changing international situation, led to increased trust between NATO and Russia", President of Lithuania said. She urged Moscow to be open to dialogue, to see new threats and realities and focus on "reasonable defense", RIA Novosti reported.