February 09, 2013 10:10
Russia opposes NATO's role of global energy security guarantor
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS. Feb 9 (Interfax) - NATO must not be used as an instrument of ensuring energy security in the world, said Russia's NATO ambassador Alexander Grushko.
"Someone here in Brussels made a most profound point by saying that if you are holding a hammer, you should not think every emerging problem is a nail. We think the world has ample opportunity to engage in energy cooperation and to ensure energy security without making use of military-political organizations as an instrument," he said in an interview with Interfax on Saturday.
"Russia's energy policy aims to attain these particular goals, and to strengthen energy security through cooperation and on the basis of jointly developed principles," Grushko said.
"Concerning the Russia-NATO Council, I think exchanges of practice and experience in defending the critical infrastructure, including energy facilities, from threats, among them cyber attacks, hold certain promise," Grushko said.
"We are just beginning to deal with this problem. However, agreements could be reached in the future of great avail for all countries represented in the Russia-NATO Council," he said.
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