Russia expects U.S., Canada to join new European security talks

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Moscow hopes that the United States and Canada will take part in the preparation of a new European security treaty, the Russian foreign minister said on Monday.
DUBLIN, September 22 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow hopes that the United States and Canada will take part in the preparation of a new European security treaty, the Russian foreign minister said on Monday.

"Russia's stance is that the United States and Canada should become part of this process," Sergei Lavrov said following talks with his Irish counterpart Micheal Martin.

Martin said it was an interesting proposal, but would like to hear more details.

The idea of holding an all-European summit and drawing up a new legally binding European security treaty was put forward by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in June.

He said all European states could be party to such a treaty "not as states associated into blocs and alliances, but as sovereign entities."

He said then that 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.

Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic as a threat to its security and nuclear deterrence. Washington says the defenses are needed to deter possible strikes from "rogue states."

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