NATO Chief Warns Putin Not to Deride West at Summit, FT Says

By Kari Lundgren

March 28 (Bloomberg) -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer cautioned Russian President Vladimir Putin against using "unhelpful," anti-western rhetoric at next week's annual summit meeting of the 26-member alliance, the Financial Times reported, citing an interview with de Hoop Scheffer.

The "tone" used by Putin during the first summit-level meeting of the Nato-Russia Council will affect the success of the talks, the secretary general said, according to the FT.

Putin must avoid rhetoric such as threatening to aim missiles at certain countries, the newspaper cited de Hoop Scheffer as saying.