Mr. Scheffer emphasized the importance of cooperation between Russia and the North Atlantic alliance. "We have too many interests in common," he remarked. The NATO Secretary-General underlined Russia's prominent role in world politics, adding that partnership with NATO was in the nation's best interest.
Scheffer cautioned Russian officials against resorting to Cold War rhetoric in their dialogue with NATO. Highlighting the momentum in cooperation between Russia and the North Atlantic alliance, he cited statistics according to which fifty-seven joint military exercises had been held since the start of this year, as compared with just seven in 2002.
In conclusion, the NATO Secretary-General praised Russia's Parliament for its contribution to the development of bilateral cooperation and promised to come back to Moscow for more talks with Russian MPs.