to push new European security deal at UN
York, Sep 23 (RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov will promote the idea of a new European security treaty
this week when he attends the UN General Assembly.
General Assembly's annual ministerial session opens Tuesday
amid uncertainty over the global economic outlook, continuing
violence in the Middle East, concerns over Iran's nuclear
programme and the deterioration of relations between Russia
and the West over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
from a general meeting with foreign ministers from the 27-member
European Union (EU) to discuss Russia-EU relations, Lavrov
will hold about a dozen bilateral meetings with the presidents
of Cyprus and Philippines, and his counterparts from Albania,
Norway, Bolivia, Spain, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Syria.
to his arrival in New York, the Russian foreign minister made
a stopover Monday in Ireland where he met with Irish Prime
Minister Brian Cowen and Foreign Minister Michael Martin to
discuss Russia-EU relations and European security.
talks with his Irish counterpart, Lavrov said Moscow hoped
that the United States and Canada would take part in the preparation
of a new European security treaty.
stance is that the United States and Canada should become
part of this process," he said.
idea of holding an all-European summit and drawing up a new
legally binding European security treaty was put forward by
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in June.
said at the time that all European states should be party
to such a treaty "not as states associated into blocs
and alliances, but as sovereign entities."
said any new security arrangements should be based on "pure"
national interests, not skewed by ideological motives, while
"organizations operating in the Euro-Atlantic region"
should also have the opportunity to join.
has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the United
States of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station
in the Czech Republic as a threat to its security and nuclear
interceptors and the radar are parts of a US missile defence
system against possible strikes from what Washington calls
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