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Putin says NATO a Cold War throwback but can play positive role

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during his address at an investment conference in Moscow October 2, 2012. Russia's economy should sustain its current 4 percent growth rate over the next three years, Putin said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

DUSHANBE: Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO a throwback to the Cold War era on Friday but said the Western military alliance can sometimes play a positive role.

"To some degree, under certain circumstances, if it acts on a mandate of U.N. Security Council, NATO can play a positive role. We will develop our relationship with this organisation," Putin told soldiers at a Russian-leased base in Tajikistan.

 
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