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    Moscow, April 8 - RIA Novosti. There is a serious need for NATO-Russia partnership, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on Ekho Moskvy radio station..

    "Neither NATO nor Russia can solve the problems facing humankind such as combating terrorism and the proliferation of mass destruction weapons single-handed. I think that both NATO and Russia need such partnership," he said.

    In his words, one example of such partnership is that many specific issues are on the agenda of Russia-NATO relations. I consider it to be my duty and obligation to show and prove to the Russian citizens that NATO has no covert intentions and it is really striving for cooperation, said the NATO secretary general.

    As to the four planes deployed in the Baltic, these, in his words, deal with the perimeter of the border of the NATO-controlled air space, the way Russian pilots do.

    He assured the listeners that there are no plans to build up NATO arsenals in the new member-states of this organization, in particular, the Baltic countries.

    They confirmed their stand that they are prepared to join such an alliance as would provide for a mutual reduction in the armament levels on both sides," he said.

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