Russia's envoy to NATO promised on Friday to give $1 million to anyone who can prove that the alliance's plans regarding Russia are peaceful.
"I'll give a million dollars to the person who will prove that NATO is not pursuing military planning against Russia," Dmitry Rogozin said on his Twitter micro-blog site, which has 3,692 followers.
He did not say, however, how he would hand the money to the winner, or even if he possessed such a sum.
Rogozin said on Thursday that he doubted NATO chief's claim that the alliance didn't look on Russia as an enemy.
"I'm sure that the NATO secretary general, Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen, spoke sincerely when he said that NATO was not Russia's enemy. Perhaps he believes it himself," he said in an interview with Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei.
"But the thing is, Russia has undergone radical changes since Gorbachev's days. And if the Soviet leadership completely believed words, modern Russian negotiators no longer have this idiosyncrasy," he added.
MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti)