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NATO sees no need for a new Russian-backed security system in Europe, the alliance's secretary general said on Friday.

NATO sees no need for a new Russian-backed security system in Europe, the alliance's secretary general said on Friday.

There is no need for new security agreements, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an address to the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels.

"The fundamentals of this alliance should not and will not change. Because they make as much sense as they have done for the past 61 years. And because they continue to be essential for the security of our citizens," he said.

However, NATO wants Russia to be part of a missile defenses plan for Europe, Rasmussen said. A decision on whether the plan will go though is expected to be taken at a Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon on November 19-20.

The missile shield would cover all our countries and protect all our population, Rasmussen said, adding that it would not directed against Russia politically.

Russia first voiced calls for an all-ecompassing European security treaty in 2008, and President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier this week that security in Europe is "fragmented."

BRUSSELS, October 8 (RIA Novosti)