Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 April / corr Trend A.Gasimova / Moscow regards the appearance of a military organization in the border of Russia as a direct threat to its security, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated to a news-conference held within the framework of the NATO summit in Bucharest. "Statements urging that they are not directed against Russia cannot be satisfactory for us," Putin said.
"There are concrete impediments of the cooperation between Russia and NATO. This is a continuous NATO expansion, establishment of the military infrastructure in the territory of new member-countries, crisis around Kosovo and Treaty on Ordinary Armed Forces in Europe, plans on placement of strategic missile defense elements in Europe, does not favor the consolidation of our cooperation," the President said.
We intend further to develop practical cooperation with NATO in the spheres of common interests, he said. "The efficiency of our cooperation will depend on the level the NATO member-countries take into account Russia's interests, the alliance's readiness to compromises on the issues shaping strategic climate in Europe and world," Putin said.