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BERLIN, December 8 (Itar-Tass) — German Foreign Minister мWesterwelle hopes that it is possible to reach an agreement with Russia on a joint missile defence system in Europe. The minister made this statement on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.
“In any case, I see not only the opportunity to reach an agreement, but also the need to reach an agreement,” Westerwelle said. “We can guarantee our security in Europe not against Russia, but only together with Russia,” he added.
“Yes, there is rhetoric bitterness, it cannot be denied,” the German foreign minister said. However, Europe has every reason to “stay in dialogue with Russia and to use the coming months in order to convince Russia that together we can strengthen our security.”
In the view of Guido Westerwelle, the European missile defence system “is not a program aimed at Russia, but a program that strongly invites Russia to participate.” According to him, NATO is also developing joint initiatives on disarmament, as the Alliance’s strategic concept gives this problem an important role. “Our motto should be as follows: to have as many weapons as necessary, but as little as possible. And it is also our proposal to Russia,” the German foreign minister stressed.