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NATO deputy secretary general: Russia wants to shock, intimidate, NATO wants predictability

  • In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, left, speaks next to Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, right, in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, left, speaks next to Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, right, in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow adjusts his headphones in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow adjusts his headphones in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, right, walks with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    In this picture taken Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, right, walks with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, in Bucharest, Romania. Vershbow said Friday, Oct. 16, that Russia is more interested in shocking and intimidating rather than building a predictable relationship with the military alliance. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

A senior NATO official says Russia would prefer to shock and intimidate rather than have a predictable relationship with the military alliance.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said Friday that the alliance would assess its relationship with Russia to find ways to "restore predictability and transparency," at NATO's summit in Warsaw next year.

Vershbow, a U.S. diplomat, said Russia appeared to be "more interested in shocking, surprising and intimidating than in calming and building confidence."

Touching on Romania's neighbor Moldova, which has a large Russian minority, Vershbow said NATO was helping the former Soviet republic with defense reforms and a strategic assessment of national security threats. It is also helping Moldova with cyber security and professional military education and training.

Moldova is a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace program.