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    Russia Outlines Priorities in Relations with US, EU and NATO

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    Russia stands for mutually beneficial cooperation with Europe, fully-fledged partnership with the United States, and development of relations with NATO on the basis of equality, according to the new version of the national security strategy.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The strategy defines main venues of Russia-US partnership on the global arena as the improvement of mechanisms of arms controls, the strengthening of mutual trust measures, joint efforts in the area of WMD non-proliferation, expanded cooperation in the fight against terrorism as well as in the resolution of regional conflicts.

    "Russia supports the strengthening of mutually-beneficial cooperation with the European countries, the European Union…with the goal of developing a transparent system of collective security in the Euro-Atlantic region based on clearly-defined legal agreements," the text of the document, posted on Thursday on the government's legal information portal, says.

    According to the document, Russia continues to view NATO expansion and military activities near Russian borders as a major threat to its security and a violation of international laws, but is ready to develop relations with the Alliance in the interests of the European security.

    "The depth and the content of these relations will be determined by NATO's readiness to respect Russia's legitimate interests…as well as the norms of international law," the text says.

    Moreover, Russia is ready to discuss further reductions of nuclear potentials in bilateral and multi-lateral formats while maintaining efforts aimed at strengthening global security and strategic stability, the document says.

    "In order to maintain strategic stability, the Russian Federation is ready to continue discussions of further reduction of nuclear potentials on the basis of bilateral agreements as well as in multi-lateral formats," the text of the document, posted on Thursday on the government's legal information portal, says.

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