Now NATO Chief Says Wants Russia as an Ally against Terrorism

Even amid NATO deployment in East Europe and military aid to Ukraine army

Thu, Jan 8, 2015
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In the wake of Charlie Hebdo

This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at Bloomberg


Cooperation between NATO and Russia in fighting terrorism would be important even amid the conflict over Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in the wake of the shootings at a satirical magazine in Paris.

“That’s the reason why we still strive for a more cooperative and constructive relationship with Russia,” Stoltenberg said today in the Bavarian town of Kreuth.

“We think it is important that Russia, which is our biggest neighbor in Europe, and NATO are able to work together on important issues like, for instance, fighting terror.”

NATO and Russia “have for many years worked together” on the issue, he said.

The killings yesterday at the Charlie Hebdo newsroom in the French capital were an “attack on the free press, on free opinion and on our open societies,” Stoltenberg told reporters before giving a closed-door briefing to members of the Christian Social Union party, which is part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition.

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