Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has again raised his proposal for a new comprehensive European security pact to replace existing Cold War treaties.
The Russian leader told an international security conference in the city of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow, the proposal is not directed against any country. Instead, he said it could help improve ties among various states.
In his address, the Russian leader also stressed the importance of building democracy and of efforts to deal with the world economic crisis. He singled out the upcoming G20 summit of leaders of both rich and developing countries in the eastern U.S. city of Pittsburgh later this month as an opportunity for progress.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who attended the conference, met separately with Mr. Medvedev.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP, itar-tass, and Vesti.