18 Mar : Observing that NATO does not pose a threat to Russia, the White House has said that the US and NATO would work with Russia on issues of mutual interest in particular terrorism and proliferation.
"I would say obviously that NATO is a collective defense organisation. I think to suggest that it poses an offensive military threat is simply wrong," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily press briefing.
"NATO and the US have worked, and will continue to work with Russia on issues of mutual concern, specifically in areas like terrorism and proliferation," Gibbs said in response to a question.
Gibbs said US President Barack Obama is looking forward to meet his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev at the upcoming G-20 Summit in London.
"The President looks forward to meeting with President Medvedev in London at the beginning of the G-20 economic summit," he said.