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Putin Calls NATO A ‘Cold War Throwback’

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin visit a Russian military base in Dushanbe on October 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called NATO a throwback to the Cold War era, but said the Western military alliance can sometimes play a positive role.

"I believe [NATO] is to a large degree a throwback of the Cold War," Putin said while addressing soldiers and officers at a Russian-leased base in Tajikistan on October 5.

Nonetheless, he added that: "To some degree, under certain circumstances, if it acts on a mandate of UN Security Council, NATO can play a positive role,"

The Russian president said the Kremlin regarded with "worry" any attempt to expand NATO, referring also to the alliance's European missile shield.

The anti-missile system, which is to be based partly in Eastern Europe, is already operational to some extent.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa