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Russia's response to the Common Strategy of the EU of 4th June 1999


Medium-term Strategy for Development of Relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union (2000-2010)


1.5. Such partnership could include the following steps to be made in the forthcoming decade: (…)

- to work out Russia’s position on the "defense identity" of the European Union with the Western European Union to be included in it, as well as to develop political and military contacts with the WEU as an integral part of the EU, and to promote practical cooperation in the area of security (peacemaking, crisis settlement, various aspects of arms limitation and reduction, etc.) which could counterbalance, inter alia, the NATO-centrism in Europe.