The Secretary General emphasised NATO’s commitment, and his own personal commitment, to working with the President-elect to establish a true strategic partnership between NATO and Russia, as agreed at the Lisbon summit in 2010.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council, created as the permanent forum for discussions at all times and on all issues. The Secretary General noted the tangible successes which NATO-Russia cooperation has produced over the last decade, especially related to Afghanistan, counter-narcotics and counter-piracy. He expressed his hope that it would be possible to move forward on cooperation on missile defence, as such cooperation would benefit both NATO and Russia.
President-elect Putin underlined his commitment to good, stable relations with NATO. The Secretary General thanked him for his frankness and constructive approach. The Secretary General and President-elect agreed to meet bilaterally in the not too distant future.