Russia to propose new European security treaty

October 7th, 2008 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Oct 7 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will address an international forum on global politics and security in France to propose the creation of a new European security system, the Kremlin website said Tuesday. The Russian president is scheduled Wednesday to deliver his speech to the ongoing World Policy Conference being held at the French town of Evian.

“I intend to present my vision and my ideas on solving current global problems in Evian,” Medvedev said in a video address on the Kremlin website.

The Russian president reiterated that “the former security system has become obsolete and ineffective.”

“The current agreements are not reflecting the changes in the real global situation. Developments in Iraq, Kosovo, the Caucasus and Afghanistan clearly show this,” he said.

“The current crisis in global politics and finances demand immediate and coordinated efforts. The time has come to come up with new solutions [to global problems],” Medvedev said.

He urged all heads of states to maintain constant contact with each other in search of a common solution to urgent global problems.

The idea of drawing up a new legally binding European security treaty was put forward by Medvedev in June.

The president said at the time that all European states should be party to such a treaty “not as states associated into blocs and alliances, but as sovereign entities.”

He said any new security arrangements should be based on “pure” national interests, not skewed by ideological motives, while “organizations operating in the Euro-Atlantic region” should also have the opportunity to join.

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