NATO and Russia have launched a new strategic partnership at a meeting between NATO Secretary General George Robertson and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 22 November. Lord Robertson presented the British proposal to offer Russia a say in some NATO decisions.
Lord Robertson said that the UK’s proposal will give Russia “a right of equality” with 19 NATO member states. Russia would become part of a “special council” within NATO. However, Russia has not been offered membership in NATO.
Mr Putin said that Russia is not asking for membership, but he would like to obtain the power of veto on NATO decisions. The Kremlin is lobbying for establishing joint decision-taking procedures between NATO and Russia.