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Russia hands NATO draft European security treaty

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Russia's envoy to NATO said on Monday that he had handed a new treaty on European security drafted by Russia to the alliance's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Russia's envoy to NATO said on Monday that he had handed a new treaty on European security drafted by Russia to the alliance's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

"I personally handed the document to NATO secretary general," Dmitry Rogozin said

The text of the draft treaty, a major foreign policy proposal of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, was posted on the Kremlin website on Sunday.

Medvedev put forward the initiative to work out a treaty on European security in June 2008, proposing that the principle of indivisible security be legally sealed in international law, preventing any state or organization from strengthening their security at the expense of others.

The draft document says, in particular, that "in exercising its right of self-defense under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, it shall be entitled to render the attacked Party, subject to its consent, the necessary assistance, including the military one, until the UN Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security."

The draft is open for signing "by all states of the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space from Vancouver to Vladivostok" as well as by the EU, NATO, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Russia has sent copies of the draft to heads of state and chief executives of NATO, the EU, the CSTO, CIS and OSCE.

BRUSSELS, November 30 (RIA Novosti)

 

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