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Putin's Three Principles for European Security

(B2)The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will meet on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December in Helsinki, with the possible development of a new European security policy on the table, as mentioned French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, – during a conference on international humanitarian law on November 24 in Saint Petersburg, gave more precise ideas on what this new security policy could or could not be.

Vladimir Putin at the conference on IHL, St Petersburg © Gvt Russe

Three principles. This “legally binding” document is intended to provide real guarantees to ensure equal security in Europe, based on clear principles. The first is not to ensure one's safety to the detriment of the safety of others. The second is not to allow (including through military alliances and coalitions) actions that weaken the unity of a common security space. And the third is not to allow the development and expansion of military alliances to the to the detriment of the other parties to the treaty.”

Arms, terrorism and organized crime. V. Putin proposes “also to consolidate in the new document, the fundamental parameters of arms control, and to establish the mechanisms of interaction in the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime. "It is necessary to consider adapting intergovernmental bodies in the field of security to our space.”

Suspension of unilateral measures. In doing so, Putin makes no secret: “It is clear that the next negotiations will be difficult. “However, there are already signs that our logic is starting to break through,” he underlines, mentioning the proposal from the French President of the European Union,  Nicolas Sarkozy, to refrain from taking unilateral measures –” measures which could have a negative impact on the pan-European security situation. This thesis is, and in agreement with our ideas.” he concludes.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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