Russia says European military-political system is outdated

The model of military-political relations in Europe has been obsolete, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

   "Obviously, the current model of the military-political decision-making has been seriously behind the advanced level of trade-investment links as well as energy, cultural, scientific and tourism cooperation," Lavrov told the Moscow-European Security Conference.
   Lavrov mentioned the altering of the military balance in Europe in the last two decades, saying NATO's move to modernize and increase offensive arms had undermined the security on the continent.
   He said Moscow had been willing to search the linking points with NATO and the European Union.
   "We are ready to seek the possibilities to link our approaches, to find mutually acceptable solutions of the crisis management," the top diplomat said on May 23, calling the Russia-NATO Council a "unique floor" for early detection of future threats and joint measures to neutralize them.
   Lavrov said Moscow and other world players share more in common when it comes to the hottest international affairs. "No one is interested in sliding toward new arms race and military confrontation," he said.
   Those who attended the conference included the Chief of Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, defense ministers of the NATO and CSTO countries, OSCE secretary general, as well as political and military officials and experts. (Xinhua)