Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that NATO provoked the Georgian conflict, and was unable to "ensure" security in Europe. But he also said that Russia will "look to the future", and not behind an iron curtain.
Medvedev was speaking a day after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Russia had taken a "dark turn" and urged the West to stand up to what she called its bullying tactics.
"We are in effect being pushed down a path that is founded not on fully-fledged, civilised partnership with other countries, but on autonomous development, behind thick walls, behind an Iron Curtain," Medvedev told a gathering of civil society groups in the Kremlin.
"That is not our path. For us there is no sense going back to the past. We have made our choice."
He said the NATO alliance's role in the
"What did NATO secure, what did NATO ensure? NATO only provoked the conflict, and not more than that," he said.
Responding to Medvedev's remarks, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said there was nothing provocative in promoting democratic and economic reform and supporting
Russian officials say NATO's agreement to take in
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking at an event in
Medvedev's pledge that
Russian stocks this week suffered their worst losses in a decade, though they recovered strongly on Friday after the state made available a $130 billion emergency support package.
The fall was caused by a combination of global financial turmoil, falling oil prices and market worries that the rift with the West over
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