Medvedev calls for European summit on security treaty

July 16th, 2008 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, July 16 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday called for a pan-European summit to draw up a common security treaty in the region. Medvedev made this call while meeting his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano in the Kremlin, where the two discussed a common European security policy, especially in the face of US plans to deploy missile defence in Central Europe.

The Russian president said, “Those proposals, which were recently formulated, to hold a pan-European summit to start drawing up a legally binding agreement on European security, could be useful”.

Medvedev first voiced the idea to sign a legally binding European security treaty at a pan-European conference during his official visit to Germany in early June.

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

Moscow has strongly opposed the US plans to deploy 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, calling the project a threat to its security and nuclear deterrence.

Washington insists that the defence shield is needed to deter possible strikes from “rogue states” such as Iran and North Korea.
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