Russia can join NATO, Obama administration says
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Russia can join NATO, Obama administration says

29 Jul, 12:26 PM

Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon told US lawmakers Tuesday that the United States would consider Russian membership in the military alliance that was founded to protect Europe from Soviet aggression, AP writes.

Gordon said NATO's doors should be open to democracies in Europe. He added that "if Russia meets the criteria and can contribute to common security, and there is a consensus in the alliance, it shouldn't be excluded."

NATO is often vilified in Russia, which has objected to the alliance's expansion to include countries on its border.

But the Obama administration is seeking better relations and says it wants to convince Moscow that NATO is no longer a threat.

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