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Sergei Ivanov warned against joining NATO

September 14 2005

In this case, Ivanov said that to join NATO or not - the sovereign right of any state, including Ukraine and Georgia. Thus, Russia has again tried to regain lost influence in the former Soviet space and push the limits of influence of NATO. Also, before his departure to Berlin Ivanov announced that he intends to urge the alliance to "closer cooperation" with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Recall that in addition to the CSTO Russia Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This statement also indicates that Russia is trying to stop the approach of NATO to its borders, according to RBC. Another important statement by the Russian Minister regards the possible collapse of the program of nuclear weapons the United States, which has become known recently. So, Sergei Ivanov said that lowering the threshold of nuclear weapons by the U.S. is dangerous in itself and can only encourage others to develop nuclear weapons. Commenting on the new draft nuclear doctrine of the United States, Ivanov said that he became aware of it only publications in the media. In this case, the Russian minister expressed hope that in the event of changes in nuclear doctrine he learned about it from their American counterparts, Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld, reports Reuters.

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