Ivanov, quoted by the Interfax Military News Agency, said Russia would like to enjoy partnership with the West. But he said Moscow is too often asked to ignore developments unfavorable to its interests.
He cited what he called NATO's "hurried" expansion to the Baltic states, which border Russia but have not signed a new version of the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, which would limit the number of troops and weapons in various areas. Russia is also concerned about NATO plans to station fighter jets in Lithuania for reconnaissance along the Russian border.
Because of such moves, Ivanov said Russia's future political and military decisions with regard to the West will be based on the principles of self-defense.