Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has warned that retaliation for the attacks on New York and Washington will not solve the long-term threat of international terrorism.
In an interview on U-S television, Mr. Ivanov said no one nation can solve the problem of terrorist threats on its own.
Mr. Ivanov says there must be a global system to combat such threats.
Earlier, Russia's armed forces chief of staff said Moscow is unlikely to provide troops for any military action against the terrorists who planned the attacks on New York and Washington.
General Anatoly Kvashnin said the U-S armed forces are powerful enough to plan and carry out any such operation.
At the same time Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov says Russia sees no grounds for a possible NATO deployment in the former Soviet states that border Afghanistan.
The United States has said it intends to retaliate for Tuesday's attacks and indicted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, believed to be hiding in Afghanistan, is considered a leading suspect.