NATO head comments on Russian missiles

  • 2008-11-13
  • TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS
TALLINN - NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has said that he hopes Russia will not follow through with its plan to deploy missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave.

The NATO chief told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Andrus Ansip that NATO did not have any measured planned in response to Russian missile movement. Scheffer also said, however, that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's statement on the plan was totally unneccesary.

"There are at present no missiles in the Kaliningradregion and I hope they will not be deployed there," de HoopScheffer said.

De Hoop Scheffer, who arrived in Tallinn for high-levelNATO-Ukraine consultations, said the doors of the alliancewill remain open and both Ukraine and Georgia have a chanceof becoming members of the alliance. But he underlined atthe same time that countries seeking admission must showresults. There is no automatic ticket to NATO membership, hestressed.