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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Seeks To 'Reboot' Security Ties

APDeputy Foreign Minister Alexander Groushko listening to a speech at an OSCE meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.
VIENNA -- A senior Russian diplomat called on Wednesday for a "reboot" of Europe-Atlantic security arrangements, saying surviving Cold War-era institutions like NATO were ill-suited to defuse tensions in a multipolar world.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Groushko, addressing Europe's biggest security and human rights group, expanded on President Dmitry Medvedev's proposal for a new "security architecture" according equal status to all countries without divisions into blocs.

Many NATO allies appear willing to discuss the idea but feel that it is unworkable unless, they say, Russia itself dispenses with an old "sphere of influence" approach to security.

Moscow has accused the United States, NATO's dominant power, of clinging to such a mindset and trying to expand its sphere of influence by planning a missile shield in Central Europe.

"There is a need to reboot the Euro-Atlantic security architecture," Groushko told a special session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Permanent Council. "We invite all states to come to the negotiating table and work on new rules. We see this as a 'Helsinki [Treaty] plus,' where we would discuss new interstate relations in a legally binding manner."

A new kind of cooperation is needed to address global security threats, Groushko said, saying the "indivisibility of security" was a principle to be enshrined in the treaty.

Groushko said the Kremlin backed a German proposal to hold review discussions on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe this summer. Moscow suspended its CFE participation in December 2007.