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Clinton says it is up to Russia to cooperate

Clinton says it is up to Russia to cooperate

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday challenged Russia to cooperate with the Obama administration and with NATO to ensure European security against new threats such as terrorism, cyber attacks or natural disasters.
Citing a wide array of differences between Washington and Moscow, Clinton called for Russia's leadership to drop its opposition to a European missile shield and its demands to renegotiate a Cold War-era treaty limiting the deployment of troops and conventional weapons on the continent.
In a speech at France's Ecole Militaire in Paris, she said Europe should not be divided as it has been in the past and that Russian ambitions to maintain a zone of influence in former Soviet satellites, some of which are now NATO members or aspirants, were obsolete.
"We object to any spheres of influence in Europe in which one country seeks to control another's future," she said, referring specifically to Georgia and territorial disputes over its enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which Russia recognizes as independent.
"We are serious about exploring ways to cooperate with Russia to develop missile defenses that enhance the security of all of Europe, including Russia," she said.
All European nations should be eligible for NATO membership, she said, rejecting Russian objections to the expansion of the alliance toward its borders.
"We strongly believe that the enlargement of NATO and the EU has increased security, stability, and prosperity across the continent and that this, in turn, has increased Russia's security," Clinton said.
Clinton said the United States and Russia are close to concluding a new START treaty to reduce the size of Cold War arsenals in both nations. The old treaty expired last year, but both nations say they will abide by it during talks on a new one.
The threat behind the old START treaty _ a nuclear war as an option by the governments of two well-armed nations _ has changed, Clinton said.
"Now we face increased threats _ that nuclear materials will fall into the wrong hands, or that certain states will develop or even use nuclear weapons."
Clinton arrived in Paris after attending two days of conferences on Afghanistan and Yemen in London. At the meeting, she also stressed the necessity of punishing Iran for its failure to come clean about its nuclear intentions.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:31 GMT+08:00