Russia names hawkish Nato envoy - January, 2008

Russia names hawkish Nato envoy

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Russian "hawk" Dmitry Rogozin: NATO is no adversary (Russia Today video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut8Ra...eature=related

January. 2008

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a nationalist politician as Russia's new ambassador to Nato. Dmitry Rogozin will become Moscow's permanent representative to the military alliance. A foreign policy hawk, Mr Rogozin is a former head of the anti-immigration Russian Motherland party. He has previously warned Moscow the Western military alliance poses a threat and called for Russia to stand firm against independence for Kosovo. Mr Rogozin has also served as Russia's representative to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace), a multi-national Strasbourg-based human rights body. In 2005, Russia's Supreme Court banned Motherland from taking part in elections to the Moscow City Council. The court ruled that a campaign advertisement in which Mr Rogozin appeared was racist. Mr Rogozin's appointment is a reflection of Russia's more assertive stance towards the West, the BBC's James Rodgers reports from Moscow. Nato is viewed with great suspicion in Russia - politicians and ordinary people alike see the alliance's post-Cold War eastward expansion as blatantly hostile, our correspondent says. Mr Rogozin has previously called for Russia to rearm to counter the perceived threat.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7180399.stm


Putin appoints firebrand as Russia's NATO envoy

President Vladimir Putin has appointed a firebrand nationalist who champions re-armament to counter the West as Russia's permanent representative to NATO, a Kremlin spokeswoman said on Thursday. Putin has signed a decree appointing Dmitry Rogozin, the flamboyant former head of Russia's Motherland party, to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the spokeswoman said. Rogozin, 44, who has called for Russia to rearm to counter the threat from the Western military alliance, has recently said that if he got the job he would defend the interests of Serbia in Kosovo. NATO is viewed with great suspicion in Russia, where officials say expansion eastwards shows the alliance forged during the Cold War is being used by the United States and top European powers to counter Russian influence. Putin, who has hiked military spending during his 8 year presidency, has warned that Russia will not remain indifferent to NATO's "muscle-flexing" near its borders. Rogozin, was born into a Moscow military family and studied journalism at Moscow University. He worked as Putin's representative in negotiations with the European Union over the status of Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave, after EU expansion. Rogozin replaces Konstantin Totsky as Russia's permanent representative to NATO. Totsky was appointed by Putin in March 2003. He is 57.

Source: http://in.reuters.com/article/worldN...31330620080110


Nato warned by Russia's new envoy

Russia's new ambassador to Nato, Dmitry Rogozin, has begun his job by warning the alliance not to ensure its own security at the expense of others. In a newspaper interview, he said Moscow's decision to suspend its role in a key European arms treaty was a liberation from "colonial dependency". Russia halted its participation last month in the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty. Mr Rogozin is well known in Russia for his outspoken nationalist views.

Hawkish politician

Mr Rogozin's appointment by President Putin on Thursday was seen in Moscow as a reflection of Russia's more assertive stance towards the West. A former head of the anti-immigration Russian Motherland party, Mr Rogozin has previously warned the Kremlin that Nato poses a threat and he has called for Russia to stand firm against independence for Kosovo. Mr Rogozin has also served as Russia's representative to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace), a multi-national Strasbourg-based human rights body. In 2005, Russia's Supreme Court banned Motherland from taking part in elections to the Moscow City Council. The court ruled that a campaign advertisement in which Mr Rogozin appeared was racist.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7183202.stm

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