NATO Missile Defense Not Directed Against Russia

© AP Photo / Czarek SokolowskiA U.S. soldier stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery at an army base in Morag, Poland
A U.S. soldier stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery at an army base in Morag, Poland - Sputnik International
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Secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, said that NATO was striving for constructive and more cooperative relationship with Russia.

General view of the main entrance of the NATO headquarters in Brussels - Sputnik International
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MUNICH (Sputnik) — NATO missile defense system is not directed against Russia, the secretary general of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.

"NATO missile defense is neither designed nor directed against Russia, it does not and cannot undermine Russia's strategic deterrence," Stoltenberg said, adding that the alliance has offered Russia cooperation on missile defense.

Stoltenberg stressed that NATO was striving for constructive and more cooperative relationship with Russia.

"The NATO-Russia Council is another important form for dialogue with Russia, we need dialogue for a number of different issues," the NATO chief said.

A general view of the table for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 - Sputnik International
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The NATO-Russia Council was created in 2002 as a mechanism for consultations and cooperation between NATO member states and Russia on a wide range of security issues. This format was suspended in 2014 amid stained relations over the Ukrainian crisis, as the alliance accused Moscow of the involvement in the conflict.

Russia has repeatedly dismissed the allegations and stressed that NATO's military expansion and increased presence near Russian borders undermines regional security.

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