U.S. defense secretary William Perry told a symposium in Washington January 10 that NATO expansion is inevitable. He said Russia should not view the expansion as a threat because Russia will be working with NATO as a partner. Perry suggested that Bosnia might contribute to building a democratic Europe insofar as the peace-making effort there has brought all the nations of Europe and Russia together in a cooperative effort with NATO. (5) Perry’s remarks came only days after Russian defense minister Pavel Grachev reiterated Moscow’s opposition to NATO enlargement. His reaffirmation of the policy also followed a shake-up of the Russian foreign policy and intelligence establishments that elevated individuals who have publicly embraced Grachev’s viewpoint.
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