http://en.rian.ru/world/20080609/109643345.html Such an invitation likely would be rejected by Kremlin (maybe in mild form but rejected). So I believe it would be profitable (from diplomatic, propagandistical points of view) for NATO and Washington formally invite Russia. Namely: you don't wish to join, so why do you against other countries to join? Maybe this 'private opinion' is an attempt in this direction. And who knows maybe Russia would be a member of NATO in 20's and would be quite different country that time. So why not to keep NATO's gates wide open for Russia? You can laugh but just now I'm sitting in my kitchen. So Ukraine and Georgia are not ready to be NATO members but Russia is ready... Interesting.